"I was overweight while growing up - at 65 kgs, my classmates nicknamed me, 'Big Show' after a wrestler. I hated it - I tried stupid and harmful things to lose weight. I was so unhappy and insecure, that I starved myself for 3 months, as I continued to get bullied. All this took a toll on my health, and at 14 I started to fall ill very often. We went to numerous doctors - each time it was a different diagnosis, a new set of treatments, and yet I wasn't getting better.
I still remember the day - my Grandma and I were waiting in the hospital room when my parents came in, looking like they had the flu. My doctor followed and broke the news, 'you have cancer - it's going to be painful, but I'm going to do everything I can to save your life.'
I believed him. From there, I underwent 6 cycles of chemo - my medication was so strong that I was basically a vegetable for one month after. I suffered directly as my family passively suffered with me - but after a year, I came out of it victorious. It was only once the cancer was completely gone that doctor told me - I was on stage 4 cancer, and my chances of survival were at 0% when I'd started out and that I should cherish my life. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw a girl who was now skin and bones - I wanted this so badly and how stupid I'd been to not love myself the way I was! (excerpt) Humans of Bombay, Fb
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