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Meet me…Hanspaul Singh Saund

On March 17th, 2009 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph node), but it took me close to 3 weeks to come to terms with it. Looking back now, I can cancertainly, about imageaccount my delayed reaction to the illness stemming from my fear of the unknown and concern with how my family and friends would take the news.  I use the term “delayed reaction” loosely because there is no defined amount of time that it should take to register an illness. When the time was right for me, I was able to process all that was going on with one question still looming over my head: what would it be like living with cancer?

The funny thing was that the moment I found out that I had cancer, everywhere I went there were references to it. When I turned on the television, every second commercial was about cancer.  When I picked up the newspaper, the headlining news read cancer. Initially, I felt suffocated by all of this. Then it happened one morning, I turned the television off, folded up the newspaper and knew what had to be done. 

Everything made perfect sense. The answer to my question: what would it be like living with cancer would be crystal clear for me at this time. It was plain and simple, it would just be living. It would be enjoying life. It would be surrounding myself with positive people and doing good deeds. Living with cancer for me meant to be living with no fear of dying. That was my awakening and it allowed me to live life in the moment. The day this registered within me felt like a rebirth and the renewed sense of life has brought me to this moment in time and the concept behind cancertainly.


It is my mission to eradicate the negative meaning behind cancer by changing it to cancertainly which I define is to live in complete optimism throughout any road block encountered in life. If we are subjected to pleasure in life, then pain is also an inevitable part of life. However, it is important to go with the flow of life instead of going against it- especially during the troubled times. It is during those tough times that one should draw strength from within and know that they “cancertainly” get through whatever adversity they are going through by maintaining a positive attitude. Cancertainly is not limited to only people that have cancer, this word and what it signifies is for any one going through their own form of “cancer” in their lives: whether it is a bad marriage, abusive relationship, loss of a loved one to name a few. Cancertainly is for anyone looking to get inspired to live life in the moment.
I am inspired. Are you?