Yes To Life
Ms. Shruti Sharma is a banker turned entrepreneur and social worker who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when she was 31 years old which proved to be a turning point in her life. This journey changed her forever, or as she says, “she rediscovered her true self which she had lost in the mad chase of professional success and money”. She was shocked to see people’s reaction to the news and realized that there are still a lot of myths associated with the disease. It is considered a death sentence and even a taboo in our society. She realized that all these thoughts and reactions was majorly due to lack of awareness which is mainly because people prefer not talking about the disease. This made her talk to people and counsel patients and care givers.
Shruti now lives each day at a time, is blissfully happy and not scared to do what her heart tells her to do. She is now FULLY ALIVE
Screen, Sensitize, Support...Our Three Pillars of Hope
Ms. Shruti Sharma
Dr. Neeti Leekha Chhabra
Neeti Leekha Chhabra (Ph.D.), the founder of Yes to Life is a breast cancer winner who dealt with the disease at the age of 31 with positive attitude and strength. She is a TEDx speaker (Why Me or Wow Me) and an avid writer who writes about life, positivity, and happiness.
She left her full time job as a professor to follow her passion to spread awareness and provide support to the people affected by this disease.She has started this NGO with all her heart and soul to serve and help whoever is fighting this dreaded disease. Her vision to reduce mortality rate arising from breast cancer, is her driving force.
To quote her “my life after cancer has become much more beautiful and meaningful. I enjoy wind in my hair, every second spent with my son, rain on my hands and every other moment in my life now!! God has been so kind and it’s time to help others now"
Incidence of breast cancer in India is increasing and it has become one of the most common cancer in women. India is behind U.S. and China in terms of incidence, but ahead of them in mortality rate. The mortality rate can decline if breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. It is suggested by doctors and experts that every female over the age of 30 years should have an annual breast check-up and every female over the age of 20 years should do a monthly self exam.
We spread awareness through breast cancer awareness talks & events and we also organize cancer screening camps to work towards this goal. These talks can be organized at your workplace or residential locality or anyplace where there is a group of interested women.
In this modern era and society, it is surprising to see that many of us still look at cancer and cancer patients with a down eye. Some women with breast cancer do not come out in open even today to share what they are going through and seek support because some still consider cancer a stigma. There are families which do not support the patients and though rare but some are still ignorant enough to think it can spread by touching. There is a dire need to sensitize people and educate them so that there is no hindrance in the support that can be provided to those touched by the disease.
It is our endeavour to provide financial and rehabilitation support to the economically weaker section of the society. We aim to provide support for investigative tests & screenings, treatment and rehabilitation. We also manage a support group which currently has approx. 100 members.