How I Survived Cancer – Vast of Bracket

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Vast of Bracket opened up to
Vanguardngr.com about his battle with
Lymphoma, (a type of cancer of the
blood) and how he survived. Read the
interview below..

How did it happen?
I don’t know what to say, but
first of all, I want to give thanks
to God. I was very sick. Before I
went to the hospital, I attended a
couple of shows. I wondered
how I was able to perform at the
shows because I was seriously ill.
My partner Obumneme Ali a.k.a
Smash and I, had series of shows
and in a situation where
payment has been made, I had
no option than to grace the
stage. We decided to round off
our shows late last year in order
to enable me take care of my
health in 2013. But unfortunately,
up till January this year, we were
still going for concerts. We even
had to travel to Australia to stage
a concert.
Then, I was visiting one of the
hospitals in Lagos, and that was where
I was diagnosed. They carried out all
the medical examinations, and when
the results came out, the Haematologist
advised me to seek for further
treatment abroad.
If you have travelled to America or any
Schengen country within two years,
you can apply for a Priority Visa and
we were qualified to do so. We applied
and within four days, the visa came
out. We met a friend in the UK who
introduced us to his brother who is a
Medical Doctor. He assisted us and we
met a Haematologist who advised that
I should re-run all the tests again.
The only thing we didn’t do was the
surgery which I did back home before
I was diagnosed of suffering from
blood cancer. After everything, they
started with the treatment they called
“Bone Marrow”. It wasn’t an easy one,
it was very difficult. I thought I would
loose all the blood in my body but
thank God I survived it. After a week, I
started having complications, I had to
return to the hospital to have blood
transfusion after which I felt better. We
spent a lot of money. At a point, I was
hopeless and was only praying to God
for His mercies.
After the second chemotherapy, I
started exercising because the doctor
advised me to do regular exercise.
However, it was after the third
chemotherapy that the pictures I took
while in the hospital leaked. By then, I
was already bouncing back to life
because I passed through the valley of
the shadow of death. After the fourth
chemotherapy, we shot a video,
“Temperature” in London .
I didn’t even know I could do that. I
initially thought the cycle would be six
but before the fifth chemotherapy, the
doctor informed us that it was going
to be eight. I got confused at that point
and even doubted what they were
doing. I thought they just wanted to
milk me because it was expensive. My
manager, partner and Chief Executive
Officer however encouraged me to
complete the treatment.
I was only going to the hospital, then
to the gymnasium and back to the
house. After the seventh chemo, I was
told to do a Lumber Punch- they would
have to inject my spine. It was done
after the fifth chemo and it was very
painful. I thought I would be paralysed.
I was told the Lumber Punch was
necessary to prevent the disease from
getting to the brain. At that point, our
account was almost in the red.
Luckily, a friend known as Ugonna
came to London during my third
chemo and was moved when he heard
that we had accommodation problem.
He later gave us some money to look
for one. Ugonna was the only person
that assisted me financially apart from
the prayers and encouragement of my
fans and the media. I did the Lumber
Punch and lost a lot of blood.
Two days after, I went to get another
chemo. When one undergoes chemo, it
kills both the good and the bad cells
and flushes out all the blood in your
system. So, you have to be refreshing.
Imagine losing so much blood after the
Lumber Punch and after the chemo. I
was almost a dead person. My colour
overnight. I remembered what the
doctor told me that cancer is not the
problem but the treatment.
After a week and a half, I started
exercising, taking juice and everything
that would help build my blood again. I
was finally cleared from the hospital
and I thank God for His mercies. A lot
of people came to our  house to rejoice
with us when we returned to the
country during the week. I want to
thank them. The likes of P-Square,
Jimmy Jatt, Dammy Krane, KCee,
Chidinma, Illbliss, JMartins and many
others.
What kind of cancer did you have?
I had Lymphoma. It is a blood cancer.
When I asked the doctor what caused
the cancer of the blood, he said,
nobody knows the cause for now.
According to him, it’s like a situation
where a dark complexion couple
making a baby and the baby turns out
to be an albino and if you are asked to
explain why, you cannot tell.
I must say that when I was
hospitalized, my partner was doing a
good job. He would call the producer
and they would make a beat and send
it to me. He even made the chorus. I
picked one of the songs when I came
back and hit the studio. We did one of
the tracks, it was fantastic. We did
another song and it was good as well,
all within two days.
During the seven months of your
ordeal, what kept you going?
What kept me going was God. Before I
went for the treatment, I saw myself
dying slowly. We got the visa and
contacted the Medical Doctor that
attended to us. It was no doubt the
handiwork of God. This doctor handles
only cancer related cases.My family,
my manager, partner and CEO were
there for me. We travelled together.
They made sure I was well taken care
of, while my ordeal lasted.
Interestingly, when the picture I took
while in the hospital leaked, I was
reading the outpour of love, prayers
and soothing words from my fans.
Some of them even said, they would
die if I die. Then the press guys were
there for me. They were keeping tabs
of my progress and informing my fans
duly. All of these,  did a whole lot in
keeping me going. That’s why I got
the courage and I know that it has
always been God, my family, the media
and my fans.
What have you learnt from your
experience?
I learnt that life is very precious. No
matter what you do and wherever you
are, don’t look down on anybody
because you don’t know who will help
you tomorrow. Another thing is that
you don’t have to be scared of death.
You have to face the challenge. Live a
normal life. If you are scared of death,
you will die. At a point, when I got
very scared, the sickness came in full
force, but when I started picking
courage, it subsided and I recovered.

Culled from Vanguardngr.com

Posted By K2I

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