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BLESSED TO KNOW MAMTA GOENKA! It had been long since I had met Mamta Goenka.Yesterday we met again!From the time I met her for the first time 7 years ago, I knew I had bumped into a remarkable woman with a heart of gold. She had an openness about her. Her warmth would embrace you much before her physical hug.Her smile would never leave her face. She was a woman in control of herself. She had flown down to Delhi to conduct a Lymphedema workshop for our patients in Max Hospital, Patparganj, on the request of my Radiation Oncology colleague, who had interacted with her in the past and spoke volumes about her selflessness, dedication and commitment to help women cope with difficulties they faced after surgery, for breast cancer, at the TATA Memorial Hospital. Mamta has herself been through the journey of dealing with breast cancer twice, in the last decade.She knew the routine like the back of her hand. She knew what Lymphedema ( arm swelling) was (having dealt with it herself)and how it was an imminent possibility in 20-30% women who underwent axillary surgery for breast cancer. She also knew how debilitating it could be if it was not dealt with correctly. Mamta made it her life mission to teach and train women with breast cancer the exercises, the application of compression sleeves and bandages, drainage not only deal with Lymphedema but also to prevent it. To make sure she was doing it the right way, she trained herself in the US and Europe. Her passion has helped many a woman steer clear of this unwelcome problem. I call Mamta the ‘Champion Of Champions!’I had the pleasure of meeting her again yesterday as she came back to Delhi yet again to interact with women who needed her expertise. All that was required to bring Mamta back was a phone call. What makes it even more awe inspiring is that Mamta was struck a third time by cancer 2 years ago. Despite this blow, she remains unfazed! She takes it in her stride and is back to doing what she does best- helping women deal with Lymphedema and inspiring each one of them to take charge of their lives and take good care of themselves. She has touched about 15000 lives so far. There is no stopping her as she goes about life with a radiant smile on her face and a song on her lips. I salute you, Mamta and wish you a happy and healthy life!! #Lymphedema #Breast Cancer #Max Hospital Patparganj and Vaishali
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