Our grateful patients
“Hello, my name is Rushana, I live in Kazan city and found myself in this center unexpectedly, probably like many other people. Because for most of our lives we do not suppose that we can still face something; that there may be some serious difficulties in our life we have not overcome before. My story is probably not much different from stories of many other people, although it is certainly individual for each of us. I have led a healthy lifestyle throughout my life, I did not have any serious illnesses, I used to spend my time quite actively. I swam literally 2 kilometers a day, walked at least 10-15 kilometers a day on foot. For me, this is an ordinary way of life, i.e., this is not a sport for me, this is my usual physical life, which has accompanied me for a considerable time. Now I am over 50 years old. And all my feelings were very positive by this time. Both my children and my family always believed that I was doing everything right and imitated me a lot, were proud of me and believed that everything in my life worked out as it should. Thanks to my willpower, organization and the way I do it.
I cannot say that the disease came to me as some kind of punishment, as some kind of sin, as a certain sword that caught up with me for the fact that I led some inappropriate way of life. I work, even now I continue to work. I have a rather interesting and favorite job and I really hope, even rely, that I will continue to work in the same way. All my thoughts are directed towards this. On January 16 (such dates still remain in my memory of this year, 2020) either after the New Year's holidays, or just because I did not have time for lunch at work and had an unhealthy snack, I felt stomachache in the evening. And without thinking for a long time (I always try to eliminate the problem right away), I went to the surgical hospital on Ershova street, and the doctor, who was on duty at that night, gave enough attention to me and my health condition. The most basic procedures could have been to relieve my pain or pump my stomach. But he decided to examine me by a CT scan. Many people naturally have a question to me: have I never underwent fluorography scan before, or computed tomography, or X-rays. I assure you, of course I did all this, because I work in the budgetary sphere, where annual medical examination and annual fluorography are mandatory. And the latest fluorography I have was in November 2019. Without any slightest suspicious sign. And in January 2020 the doctor at night excluded any complex phenomena in the stomach, but he noticed a slight darkening in my lungs. And after two weeks I came to the Republican Clinical Oncological Dispensary in Kazan, consulted a therapist, as expected, and literally two weeks passed when I did all the tests and all the necessary procedures. But it happens that people play for time. Sometimes such blackouts are even detected on fluorography, but people think that this is nothing special, some doctor’s mistake and, accordingly, don’t give it much importance. As for me, in two weeks I already underwent all serious examination — they are carried out only at the Republican Clinical Oncological Dispensary, because any examinations that we undergo in our hospitals, of course, are not sufficient for this dispensary. There is completely different equipment, different procedures. And after two weeks I knew my exact diagnosis. I understood that the diagnosis is the one that scares a lot of people. When I was a child, this word scared me very much. The word "cancer". As I’ve already said I am over 50 years old, and, naturally, my childhood was 60-70s years. That time if people returned from hospitals with this diagnosis, it practically sounded like a sentence. And therefore, I tried to get rid of this word in my childhood memory and even not to pronounce it. For me, the word "oncology", "oncological diagnosis" is much more familiar. Because "oncology" somehow immediately inspires the idea that it is curable, this is a whole area of medicine. And if medicine is engaged in this, it means that many opportunities have already appeared and a person with this diagnosis can continue to live, can continue to be treated..."