S Nilakanta Siva and Rajalakshmi Siva

S NILAKANTA SIVA, aka Sivaram, was born in Mumbai on August 9, 1944. His early education was in Delhi when his father was working in the Ministry of Defence. His final years of schooling were done in Mumbai. Sivaram graduated in physics and mathematics and pursued his post-graduate studies at IIT-Madras. He then joined the nuclear physics division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Gifted with an immaculate command over the English language, Sivaram led several public awareness programs to highlight the benefits of atomic energy. After retirement, he ran a medical transcription company for a couple of years, before he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He battled hard and won the war against bladder cancer. Sivaram, along with his wife Poorna aka Rajalakshmi Siva, narrates the tale of how they together conquered the disease. Rajalakshmi is a Managing Partner at Madhurakalpa Collections in Thanjavur. They have two children and four grandchildren.

When Thoughts Invade the Cancer Conqueror

Books by S Nilakanta Siva And Rajalakshmi Siva

There is no escaping the crimes of the past, discovers Kuppuswamy. The price for smoking away his youth has to be paid. And pay he does, in the form of gross hematuria and bladder cancer. While cancer eats away at his insides, Kuppuswamy does not let it kill his spirit to fight. Fortunately, he is not all alone in this battle, as an army of doctors, support staff, family and friends come to his aid in full force. As he wages a war against the dreaded disease, through several bouts of painful surgery and frequent reviews, a few surprises await him. Amid premature celebrations, minor hiccups and major shocks, Kuppuswamy emerges a winner.

Minus a bladder, prostrate and several lymph nodes, Kuppuswamy pads up for a new innings. He realizes that life minus a few organs isn’t all that bad. Though he has to depend on external aids, which initially proves to be cumbersome and embarrassing, Kuppuswamy gradually accepts the new reality even as thoughts invade the cancer conqueror.

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