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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
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Requiem For The Reaper

Goes beyond cancer. It's useful for people who have experienced sudden loss

Requiem For The Reaper
Requiem For The Reaper
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“Oh, ok.” This was my sceptical response when Vijay Bhat said to me, over a lunch at his home in Bangalore, that he was busy writing a book. That’s because Vijay was my senior at Ogilvy & Mather ad agency, and the only memory I have of him is a pucca left-brained suit, with a flair for client management and strategic thinking, but blessed with dubious writing skills. However, when I learnt the book was about his experiences as a cancer survivor (Vijay prefers to call himself a ‘cancer thriver’), I knew this was going to be a must-read. If nothing else, one could expect a great deal of passion in the writing. We, Vijay’s ex-colleagues, were aware that the deadly disease had affected the man’s psyche deeply.

My Cancer Is Me is exactly how the authors, Vijay and his wife Nilima, describe it: the journey from illness to wholeness. The book takes us through the various stages a person goes through when he/she first discovers the affliction (Vijay was diagnosed with colon cancer), right to the point of recovery and rehabilitation: Denial. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. The book attempts to demystify cancer, it deals with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects, conservative allopathic treatment as well as alternative healing methods. But more significantly, My Cancer is Me explains how the disease manifests itself in each patient, and how, with lifestyle changes and behaviourial modifications, an individual can reduce his/her chances of becoming a victim. Vijay’s belief is that a tumour is only a symptom, the actual problem could lie within us. The book is peppered with many case studies involving cancer patients the Bhats have counselled over the years.

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