They say there is a ‘can’ in cancer because we can beat it. I have seen this disease very closely and I hope one day like any other disease science can develop a pill to fight it and it becomes like a regular viral. Not many people know that my mother-in-law lost her life to this vicious demon. Those were testing days for all of us. But her strength and her courage in even her very last days will always be an example for me for the rest of my life and I respect her to date for that.
I normally don’t cover events that I am not a part of but when Ms Shalu Rv from Mommies World (For U & Me) approached me to post it, I made this exception. This is very close to me. Kudos to Ms Neelam Kumar for overcoming this battle twice and emerging a winner.
Ms Neelam Kumar is a reputed author launched her 5th book, ‘To Cancer With Love – My Journey of Joy’ at the Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall in Mumbai today, 26th August. The first ever book with a humorous take on Cancer is published by Hay House Publishers and distributed by Penguin.
The Book starts with a foreword from Ms. Manish Koirala;
‘I know how lonely and terrifying the journey can be…All of us must take this book as an inspiration for our own life’.
About The Book:
Can there be anything wonderful about being struck by cancer . . . twice? With a survival kit consisting of only humor and courage, Neelam Kumar brilliantly captures her struggle through the disease and shows how to kick adversity and come out smiling. Kumar recounts years of illness, betrayal, financial hardships, relationship breakdowns, and the death of loved ones besides the obvious emotional and physical trauma that she battles with. A story both entertaining and profound, To Cancer, With Love increases our understanding of the disease and will leave our readers marveling at the resilience of the human spirit. This book is an earnest attempt to help anyone triumph over anything in life. We look forward to hearing from you.
The event was graced by eminent personalities from the field of theatre, politics, education and medicine who stepped forward to support the initiative and also participated in panel discussions on varied topics like ‘Hope Amidst Adversity’ and ‘Cancer treatment and life force’. The first panel included the participation of Ms. Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal – Theatre Personality, Ms. Priya Dutt, Politician and daughter of late Nargis Dutt, Ms. Devieka Bhojwani- VP, Women’s cancer initiative, Tata Memorial care, Ms. Avnita Bir- Education innovator, Director, R.N Podar School and discussed on the topic ‘Hope Amidst Adversity’.
The second panel witnessed the participation of senior doctors like Padmashree Dr. Rajendra Badwe – Director, Tata Memorial Care, Dr. Sudeep Gupta-Deputy Director, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Dr. Muzzamil Shaikh – Oncologist-PD Hinduja Hospital and the renowned actor and spiritual motivator Ms. Surinder Kaur who discussed on the topic ‘Cancer treatment and life force’.
Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Neelam Kumar said “The topic of Cancer is co-incidental. My book is about handling every kind of adversity in life. Life is a crazy roller coaster ride. I urge everyone to enjoy the journey of life by empowering themselves with the right skills. Above all, let’s enjoy this bumpy ride with joy! My deep gratitude to each panelists and every guest for coming forward to support the cause of cancer awareness and also supporting my event”.
Neelam Kumar is a versatile & widely travelled author who has penned books like I, a Woman, Legendary Lovers, 21 Tales of Unending Love, Our Favorite Indian Stories by Khushwant Singh and Neelam Kumar, Myra- a book in 4 genres, Dip Into Life-Drop Your Fears. Having been the Chief of Communications (PR) and Dy. General Manager (Corporate Affairs) with one of India’s largest steel company for over three decades, she serves as the MD of “9 to 5 Corporate Lounge—The Training Hub” through which she conducts very popular training programs on Communication, Life Skills, Spoken and Written skills for Corporates, Schools and Institutes. Armed with a Master’s degree in Journalism from the States, she has been a graduate in English Literature as well as in Education along with a Post-Graduation in PR and Advertising, she is passionate about education teaching Life Skills even today at RN Podar School
About Mommies World (For U & Me):
Mommies World is a parenting group founded by Ms. Shalu RV. The platform has mommies across the globe and was launched In April 2015. Mommies World arranges chat sessions with experts like doctors, food bloggers, make-up stylists & lawyers. All these sessions are online and open in forum for mommies, for their queries. We also meet mommies in different cities by arranging MMM, RMM and invite their views for MW. Shalu RV – Founder of Mommies World (For U & Me) comes from HR & Event Management background with vast experience of 15 years in her respective field. Her group’s tagline FOR U & ME gives a close vision to all mommies where she is connected personally with everyone.