Dr Sampada Peshwe, PhD in architecture by qualification and a lecturer of architecture by profession and her mother, Dr Nirmala Waze, a gynaecologist, both cancer survivors themselves deserve the highest form of appreciation for their contribution towards the welfare of cancer survivors. Dr Nirmala Waze has conducted about 200 awareness camps regarding cancer. She also conducts such camps in villages. Dr Nirmala Waze is also a cancer counsellor. Most people find cancer to be menacing. But this mother-daughter duo helps people in convincing that actually the opposite is true.
Mrs Nirmala Waze was recently felicitated by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the inaugural ceremony of Cancer Care Hospital. These two together have also prepared a documentary. The documentary features the positive story of a woman who finds out that she is diagnosed with cancer. On the occasion of Cancer day, various activities are also conducted by Dr Sampada and Dr Nirmala Waze such as Walkathon. Fashion show performed by cancer survivors was also organized for two years. Dr Waze is also the writer of many skits revolving around cancer-related topics.
Having a history of cancer running in their family, theirs was one of the firsts to be researched on by the Tata Cancer Institute in Mumbai.
Sampada was only 26 years and married for only a month when she found out that she had breast cancer. Despite of being in this devastating situation, she continued to work professionally. Immense support from her husband and her family and an enormous positive attitude are what helped her get through this stage.
When Sampada’s mother, Dr Nirmala was diagnosed with cancer, she had to struggle with financial issues. But Dr Sampada believes that the biggest struggle any cancer patient has to face is the demoralizing behaviour of people. We often find people talking negatively in such situations.
Dr Sampada Peshwe firmly believes that things work out in your favour when you have a positive outlook on everything. She also stresses on how important it is to consult a renowned doctor. Some doctors claim to be experts in cancer, but actually are not.
Let us salute Dr Sampada and Dr Nirmala for their amazing contribution to the society and let’s wish that these women of substance continue inspiring others.