Interview with Happy Cancer Survivor Sidharth Ghosh

What events lead up to your diagnosis, or, how did you discover what you were suffering from was cancer?

To my surprise and my family and friends shock, I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in the right kidney one month after I ran a full marathon in Mumbai in Jan 2014. In fact, I played the first cricket tournament of my organization a week after being diagnosed with cancer.

On Feb 27 2014, I passed blood in urine which was an alarming situation for me (in medical terms it is called gross haematuria). The initial blood, urine and ultrasound tests conducted by doctors showed everything normal hence no one was sure as to why I was passing blood in the urine; in fact, it was only blood and no urine which I was passing. Surprisingly I had no pain anywhere, and this was something that worried doctors.

Once the CT Scan was completed the Radiologist confirmed a massive growth inside the kidney which is usually cancerous in nature and is called Renal Cell Carcinoma in medical terms. The growth was equivalent to the size of a golf ball residing inside my right kidney covering more than half of it.

Obviously, cancer puts your whole life on hold. Do you remember a specific moment when you were hit by this realization?

The feeling that you get is very difficult to put in words since this is something that you have heard of but could never imagine yourself or any of your near and dear one going through it. Once detected my first question was “Why Me” and soon I realized that I can lose this battle if I have options; so I left myself with no option but to fight and answered my question of Why Me to Try Me. More than yourself it is the fear and stress that you see in your parents and friend’s eyes who do not say anything but their eyes say it all. I decided it to fight it not only for myself but for them as well

Sidharth how long were you in treatment? What helped keep your spirits up and gave you support during this period?

I was in treatment for around 4 months with a lot of strong medicines and the time that took to heal the surgery site and the time it takes for the body to adapt itself since I had to lose a kidney, Ureter, Lymph Node, 3 Arteries, 4 Veins and some Peripheral Tissues. It takes time for the body to realize the forced changes before it accepts it and heals itself. Our human body has amazing capabilities and healing powers; we just need to be positive and respect our body. Needless to say follow the instructions of the doctors and take all necessary precautions and accept the required changes in lifestyle.

As now you are out of cancer, what you plan to do to help others fight this deadly disease?

I am closely working with Indian Cancer Society, CACI, Roko Cancer and CanSupport. I am an ordinary man, marathon runner and cancer survivor who is approachable through social media and blog. I have been running a monthly online communication program where I take each type of cancer-based on the cancer awareness calendar and share insights on how can it be prevented, what are the precautions and warning signals. I conduct one-on-one sessions for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to help them develop a positive outlook, I try my best to enlighten ray of hope and energize them to fight back. I strongly believe that cancer is not a dead end and my mantra is simple that “Let’s Fight Together”.

Sidharth Lastly, what advice would you like to share with cancer patients and their family?

I would like to say don’t lose hope. Cancer patients don’t need sympathy; they need motivation. I have seen patients in the oncology department who have lost all hope and are low in morale. You have to be with them and motivate them to fight it. You need to be positive about it and more importantly, the patient itself should be positive and live life king size. After all, God only gives such things to special people who have the courage to fight such an ailment. In the end as I always say only those people fail who have options; for you there is no option but to fight….

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was Sued Tuesday for Allegedly Failing to Cancel Student Debt

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sued for allegedly failing to fits judge’s order to cancel student debt for individuals whose for-profit colleges have pack up.

Last month a court ruled that the Obama-era debt laws had to be enforced once over a year of delays by DeVos.

DeVos released an announcement in October saying that the department would now not be seeking to delay the rule.

However, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), a california legal service group, has filed a suit alleging that the Department of Education is still assembling loans that it ought to have discharged.

The president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, a group serving to represent Hera, said in a very statement released Tuesday that delays are hurting thousands of students.

“Under current leadership, the Department of Education looks determined to deny student borrowers the money relief to that they’re entitled,” said Aaron ament.

“It has been nearly 2 years since these rules ought to have taken result, and Secretary DeVos remains dragging her feet and pain tens of thousands of borrowers through her inaction. the students we try to assist are doubly ill-used — initial by the for-profit colleges that deceived them, and currently by the federal government that refuses to assist.”

The questionable borrower defense rule would need faculties to place up an oversized add of cash whenever a lawsuit is filed against it to guard taxpayers, ought to the institution fail.

A representative from the Department of Education didn’t straightaway answer The Hill’s request for comment.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography Plan to Handle Raising Sea-levels

The City of Imperial Beach and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will announce the small print Wednesday of the city’s set up for addressing rising ocean levels.

An April 2017 report by the CA Ocean Protection Council found that ocean levels in La Jolla might rise between 2 and 10 feet by the tip of the century. The OPC report caterpillar-tracked similar lowland rises in Crescent town and metropolis.

Because of this potential for rising ocean levels if the consequences of temperature change don’t seem to be shortly curtailed, town of Imperial Beach plans to upgrade its flood alert capabilities. UC San Diego’s Scripps establishment of earth science has partnered with town to style a flood alert system distinctive to Imperial Beach.

Scripps and therefore the town of Imperial Beach can install off-shore wave buoys, a tide gauge and variety of pressure sensors that collect knowledge on oceanic characteristics like wave height and water levels. The collaboration is created attainable by a $250,000 donation by the David C. John Copley Foundation, in line with town.

Imperial Beach politician fabric Dedina and Mark Merrifield, director of Scripps’ Center for temperature change Impacts and Adaptation, can announce the program and partnership at a group discussion Wednesday morning.