The name “cancer” makes everyone fearful. This word is considered synonymous with death. No one would ever know the pain associated with this disease more than us who had undergone this unfortunate experience. We live under threat of re-occurrence of the disease and the fear of death always haunts us. This disease has not only changed our lives but also severely disturbed our dear ones. Most of us are suffering from mouth cancer which is a direct result of Gutka/Pan Masala chewing. Though we have survived the disease, we are severely disabled in terms of breathing, speech, swallowing, chewing, appearance, taste sensation etc. Some of us lost our livelihood because of these disabilities that have pushed us into poverty.
The cause of this entire set of problem is chewing gutka and supari that we perceived as a moth freshener in our early life. Misleading advertisements, aggressing marketing, cheapness, easy availability made us addicts of these hazardous products. All of us tried to quit this habit several time but did not succeed. We are dismayed that despite so much of information, this product is still available in the market. It is shocking that this industry is targeting youth and kids. It is time to put an end to this manmade disaster….It is time for us to share our stories with fellow countrymen. Let our suffering prevent others from becoming innocent victims.
We want to wake up the government from the slumber….we want to send a strong message to the perpetrators of the crime..we want this menace to end…before we die.