Betty’s life with metastatic breast cancer was one fraught with challenges. Prior to her diagnosis, Betty lived a cancer-proof lifestyle. She was involved in natural medicine for many years and even partook in various health programs. This obviously meant that when she first spoke to her doctor, she initially wasn’t willing to accept the diagnosis.
To confirm her diagnosis, her doctor ordered an X-ray, what she heard subsequently would go on to shock her: she had developed a rare form of breast cancer and to her dismay; it was in the early stages of metastases. “I found out in May, and by June it had shown signs of spreading,” Betty said.
After speaking to a Vaidam case manager, she was scheduled to begin Chemotherapy at Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon. After going through her medical reports her case manager advised that she approach Dr. Ashok Vaid.
Arriving in New Delhi on the 16th of August, Betty and her co-companion - Jowitt Kaluwa, traveled from Zambia with anticipated hope that their trip would see Betty in better health soon enough. “When we arrived in India, I called our case manager who very quickly made arrangements for us at the hospital,” Jowitt recalls. “They said, ‘please arrive at the hospital for the appointment.’ I think we arrived at the hospital the next day. As soon as we arrived they started guiding us, offering help with any issues Betty had. Once it was time for treatment, they explained the procedure to us and told us when we had to do.”
Betty’s preliminary reports suggested that her cancer was in the early stages of metastasis. In order to be rid of it, Dr. Vaid - one of the best Oncologist in India, advised her to undergo multiple sittings of chemotherapy. The following day, Betty began her treatment: “I underwent six chemotherapy sessions, followed by two weeks of radiation, five days a week”, recalls Betty. In addition to the chemotherapy sessions, Dr. Vaid prescribed her ongoing medication to help her cope with the chemotherapy.
Betty still remembers the first day when her chemotherapy began: “I began to have so many thoughts in my head, will it hurt terribly, will I lose my hair, how many sessions will I have to undergo. After the first few chemotherapy sessions, my hair started to fall out. After the chemotherapy sessions ended Betty now recalls her experience, “I have made it through six session of chemotherapy I must tell you that this therapy is necessary. I thank the hospital staff for carefully taking me through the entire ordeal speaking to me and reassuring me of everything, plus it is among top cancer hosptials in India. I would also like to thank God for keeping me safe through it all.
Betty was finally discharged from the hospital after 2 weeks of the treatment having worked wonderfully. Her cancer is in remission, and now, almost two months after her cancer diagnosis, things seem to be progressing very well. When asked about her progress she says, “I would say my cancer has responded awesomely. They do a blood test every once in a while. And I have been told that my tests so far are all very good.”
Today Betty says that she has no side effects from the treatment: “I can carry on with my daily routine activities like nothing happened.” Vaidam wishes her a health and prosperous future ahead.