Appearances are deceptive. This holds true for its associated sense of physical appearance and something that goes beyond the regular meaning as well; the power of humans to camouflage their struggles by wearing their best smiles and their sense of a never die attitude.
The aforementioned words can be called a snippet showcasing the life of Kanchan Daniels, a popular Blues artist and a Cancer survivor, who has put the disease to shame by fighting it valiantly with a smile on her face. Diagnosed with Cancer at the age of 17, she recalls, “I had recently given my 12th grade exams, when I came home one day and felt tremendous pain in my thigh, followed by a high fever. When I visited my family doctor, they asked us to get a sonography done and that’s when we realised I had a 4kg tumour inside my body that didn’t show even a little bit from the outside…”.
However, humorous by nature, her main concern was the loss of hair that accompanied the cure. Consequently, she went to the extent of shaving her head off and mocked herself in front of others as “egghead”. Always driving her own life’s car, she made sure that cancer always smothered on the back seat. Calling herself a ‘shameless cancer patient’, she would laugh it off, considering it as just another experience. A clinical psychologist by profession and a singer cum owner of a band by passion, she talks about confiding into music to be able to emote better and thus, is thankful in a way as well. Today, she wants to help every survivor, especially teenagers as she has walked the same lanes. She took a road often not taken, and never let a disease dampen her spirit. Today, she proudly and happily lives her life and reminds everything that threatens her through the lyrics of her song which say, “I am not yours….” .
This article was originally published in The Optimist Citizen – Issue 19 dated 16 FEB ’17. Get exclusive early access to the stories, SUBSCRIBE NOW.
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