Amit Vaidya lived the medical American dream. A Gujrathi, Born and raised in US with a Ph.D in economics, he worked on the business side of the entertainment industry. “It’s an active but not healthy lifestyle because I am active,” says Amit. A few months after his father’s death, his dreams were “shattered” when he was diagnosed with stage I gastric cancer. “The fall was great because I grew to great heights when I was 27 years old.”
Deciding not to have surgery, he went to New York for “aggressive chemoradiation”. Two years later he was in remission. Within two months of his recovery, his mother was diagnosed with grade three brain tumors. In a foreign country, being a single child, I was single and the scan showed that my cancer returned 18 months later. This time it appeared in my liver. Reports have shown that cancer has spread to my lungs, ”he said Do not.
Doctors told Amit Vaidya that his life was only a matter of time. “I don’t want to be a burden on my friends, I started planning my funeral. Facing death was not intimidating because I saw death on its face. Seeing the kindness my mother gave up her life gave me the courage to accept death. In terms of cinema, I’m excited to be reunited with my parents. I went on a self-destructive path because I had nothing to live for, ”Amit Vaidya said.
He “started micro-managing his last moments and his funeral.” I also wanted to come to India once. Being a Bollywood junkie, I wanted to touch my extended family here before my death. ”
Soon he was planning a trip to India. “Some part of me thought I was going to die before my feet hit the ground. There is some irony that my parents, who were born here, made their home in the US and died there. And, living there, I come to India and die here. It’s like a full circle. ”
Amit recalled that meeting with his relatives was “emotional” but “they were afraid when they found out I was seriously ill because they had their own challenges. The doors were closed. I was myself again.”
“When I lived in Delhi with a friend, I was told about alternative treatments. Their love and care for me made me yearn for life again. An aunt even told me about the Ayurvedic Hospital in Gujarat, claiming that in just 11 days, cancer would cure the rupee! I wanted to give it a shot because there was nothing to lose. ”
So he went and explained that he was disciplined with therapy yoga and meditation, and he said, “Desi cow is made to drink a mixture of milk, yogurt, ghee and gobar, go-mutra. I drink on an empty stomach. It tasted like dirt for years because of chemo. It’s easy to drink something that smells and tastes good. Others suffered from this. I kept the faith and did the due diligence. I saw no change, but never felt worse. ”
The scan showed that cancer had not “spread.” Amit went back to the hospital and stayed there for another 40 days. Reports have shown that cancer has decreased. “I want to continue treatment,” said Amit, who was with a farmer who opened his home to Amit. “He gave his farm a little shock, a bed, and a toilet, a well and a toilet with desi cows. I continued the treatment and was able to walk for months. Over time, the walks became jogs, jogs were running out and my mind began to find happiness. It is the best gift I have ever received, especially when I need time to heal. ”
18 months later Amit Vaidya declared himself cancer-free and “decided to live his life without planning a funeral. I am now talking to people about my journey and healing is possible. I have taken the time to spend with cancer patients. It’s all free. I started an NGO called Healing Medical.”
“He didn’t plan to go back to the US because this country has given me so much. I know what the people here have to offer.”
Amit Vaidya writes about the recently launched Holy Cancer in the city – How a Cow Saved My Life (Aditya Prakashan, Rs. 495). The book is available at bookstores. To login more to www.HealingMedia.org