Celebrating Life and Hope: Bhutan Cancer Society Marks Cancer Survivor Month with a Hike

In a heartwarming culmination of Cancer Survivor Month, the Bhutan Cancer Society orchestrated a memorable hike from Sangaygang to Wangditse. Over a hundred individuals, including cancer survivors and their families, braved the trail yesterday to honor resilience, community support, and the spirit of overcoming adversity.

Among the participants was Yeewong Lhamo, a remarkable twenty-three-year-old from Samdrup Jongkhar, whose journey with cancer began in 2014 when she was diagnosed with blood cancer. Undeterred by the daunting prognosis, Yeewong tackled her treatments with unwavering courage and familial backing. Her triumph over cancer in 2020 stands as a testament to her resilience and the power of hope.

Addressing her fellow survivors and those currently battling cancer, Yeewong offered a beacon of encouragement: “There is life after cancer. Despite the challenges of treatment, there is brightness awaiting us, much like sunshine after an eclipse.”

Yeewong now contributes to the community as a dedicated physiotherapy technician at the National Referral Hospital, embodying the spirit of perseverance and service.

Another inspiring participant, Tsheltrim Zangmo, shared her own journey as a breast cancer survivor. Reflecting on her experience, Tsheltrim stressed the importance of early detection through regular screenings. Her message resonated with candor: “Don’t hesitate if you notice something unusual. Early screening saves lives.”

The hike, organized not only to celebrate survivorship but also to raise awareness and community support, was a pivotal event for the Bhutan Cancer Society. Karma Tobgay, the Executive Director, highlighted the multifaceted goals of the event: “We aimed to raise awareness, garner support, and promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer.”

The society, buoyed by the support of Civil Society Organisations Authority’s recent funding extension until July’s end, plans to expand its services further. These initiatives aim to enhance cancer prevention, treatment, and support mechanisms across Bhutan.

As Cancer Survivor Month draws to a close, the indomitable spirit showcased during the hike serves as a poignant reminder of solidarity, hope, and the ongoing fight against cancer in Bhutanese communities.

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