A humble, full of warmth and friendly soul, life came crashing upon her when she got to know that she was suffering from the cancer of the intestine Stage 4, four years back. With enough support from her family, she was miraculously able to ditch cancer. She now pledges to not stop until India becomes Cancer-Free! Meet our WinningStree, Dipikaa A Bhatia, a fighter and survivor on this World Cancer Day 2020, as she shares her journey with us!
1. Who are you and how are you into what you do?
“I am, Dietician Dipikaa A Bhatia, a cancer winner at stage 4th with 28 tumors on my large intestine. After battling cancer and winning over, I decided to dedicate my life to building the health of society by guiding them towards a better diet and lifestyle. I run my own NGO since then called, “Aas Ek Prayaas” towards cancer awareness. I’m the Founder and All India President, of my NGO! I also run my own clinic called “BBE Healthy Diet Clinic.””
2. Tell us about your journey…
“I was diagnosed with cancer last stage, 4 years ago. I bore a lot of pain, underwent surgery and multiple chemos. I survived the battle against cancer. So, I thought about other Cancer patients and their pain, their suffering. My father also died due to cancer. Thus, I strongly felt for other cancer patients. My thoughts and strong determination led me to study again and alongside this, I was also doing seminars and camps in many parks and in many reputed companies.”
“Slowly, I stopped thinking about why I had cancer and why I battled too much pain. Instead, I focused to make my NGO which today works towards cancer prevention and awareness.”
3. How was it like when you suffered from the deadly disease?
“It was a painful situation for me and my family but my will power and my family support worked for me and my spirituality led me to win over this deadly disease. Actually for cancer patients treatment is very expensive and on my treatment, my husband invested about 20 lakhs to cure me.”
“It was a critical situation for my family too. When your children are at the stage of choosing a career and need their parental support in terms of finances to put them through to courses and their mother was suffering from deadly cancer, so the situation was financially, emotionally, mentally and physically tiring, exhausting and tough for us. My survival expectancy was only 30% making it the toughest of times.”
4. How did you emerge as a winner out of it?
“Only 4 things kept me going strong.”
- will power,
- family support and,
- a positive attitude.
5. How has your life changed post surviving cancer?
“I am more confident now. My views towards life have changed and this is my second chance at life. All I wish is to live my life to the fullest now and I work to give back to society.”
6. Difficulties you faced when fulfilling your dreams/aspirations especially due to ill health?
“I felt low due to lack of resources or finances. Sometimes people demotivated me. But all is well that ends well! That is what happened in my case.”
7. That WinningStree Moment…
“When I got inner transformation. When I evolved and followed the light in my heart to understand my true calling, I truly emerged as a WinningStree”
8. Three words you say to yourself when in front of the mirror.
“Yes, I Can Do It!”
9. Winning message to other Strees and victims of this disease…
“Never give up! There is sure a sunrise after a dark night.”
10. What makes you extraordinary and how are you planning to make this world a better place?
“I think prevention is better than cure so I work hard for cancer patients too! Being a dietician I m giving free consultation to cancer patients and guide youth about nutrition and a better lifestyle. All this definitely makes this world a better place!”
11. Your Favourite Quote that you Believe in…
“ज़िन्दगी न मिलेगी दोबारा”
12. Where can you be reached…
My Facebook Wall – https://www.facebook.com/deepika.bhatia.56884
More power to you O bold WinningStree!