Find the bay of hope . . . Right next to the ocean of grief stands the bay of hope. It’s made of billions of sand particles, each one insignificant on its own, but together a force to reckon with. The ocean continues to try to swallow the bay and the golden sand smiles, washed by the glistening tears. As an oncologist, it’s difficult to come home and have a normal meal or sleep without being awakened by a wet pillow, unsure if the tears were mine or those of a patient’s. I have understood that in this extraordinary universe, I am but a mere speck, as small and inconsequential as the sand particle on the beach. But with the bond that I have built with my patients, I am resolute, as indomitable as any avenger of cancer. These survivors have taught me more than what medicine has. These are not 108 stories.
This is the future of our battle against cancer. These are the footsteps these survivors have taken, from tears to smiles. I Am a Survivor exemplifies the cancer survivors of the human race, their journey and their demonstration of flawless endurance. It uncovers stories of several extraordinary cancer survivors who live their lives with the same intensity as others. This book is an attempt to honour what they stand for and it offers their tale as an example for those walking the same path.
About the Author
Dr. Palkonda Vijay Anand Reddy is a universally acclaimed oncologist, with a remarkable specialization in radiation as well as medical oncology. He is a global master in his sphere, having attended extensive academic and medical sophistication in various continents including America, Europe and Australia. He is the president of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India and a premier member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). As director of the Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad, Dr Reddy has been instrumental in the establishment and rise of the institute and in its latest entitlement to ‘Center of Excellence for Cancer in India’. In his compassion and serenity, patients see an indomitable positive energy that works miracles in their treatment and recovery. The CURE Foundation is Dr Reddy’s spirited initiative to create awareness on cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation, especially for the needy. Dr Reddy is married to Dr P. Shashikala and they have two sons.