My friend has cancer

It is a strange feeling to wake up to the news of a friend battling cancer…. A week back a friend on Facebook had posted the following message and asked his friends to re-post. I read it and chose to be in the 97% that didnt repost saying I won’t have any of my friends or family diagnosed with cancer !! While I knew of one other friend who is battling cancer…. I just wanted to deny it.


Today morning when I woke up I had this message from my friend Carin that our dear friend Rama Mareddy is undergoing treatment for Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Rama is so full of life that it is unimaginable something like cancer could happen to her.

I met Rama at Hewitt when I joined the firm in 2003. She was the one who gave me the advise of first understanding the culture of the organization and getting accepted. She said “Once you are accepted, you can try anything, everybody will support you.” She was so right. I am about to complete nine years with Hewitt (now Aon Hewitt) and her advise was right. Over these years we have met several times and spoke for long hours about so many things in life. She spoke of her interest and work with Isha Foundation. She finally did do two years of service at Isha before going back to the US recently. Here I was hoping she would rejoin Aon Hewitt and I get this news.

I know Rama will push the cancer out of her system – its an unwelcome guest.

I have been reading this book by Louise Hay called “You can heal your life” where Louise talks of the underlying mental state or thought pattern for any dis-ease to occur. For cancer, she says there is “Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self…”. The affirmation she suggests is “I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my world with joy. I love and approve of myself”. Louise treated herself of cancer without any chemo or surgery, so she does know what she is talking about. I would suggest this book as a must read for everyone, just love the way Louise writes dis-ease, never without the hyphen ! Solves the fundamental challenge of the human race to accept the fact that we are meant to be happy and healthy, at ease 🙂

Rama – your friends and family are rooting for you, root out the thought pattern that created this dis-ease for you and return to your natural state of wellbeing.

And Don – this post is as much for you as Rama. Love you and remember you always, you need to get back to being at ease too !

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