- Dr. Sailakshmi was working as a child-specialist at the Mehta Hospital in Chennai, India.
- She is the founder of EKAM Foundation
- She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34
- She believes pranic healing and meditation can work miracles
Her simple yet genuine self has won many hearts. Charity to this pediatrician-turned-social worker is not a mere act. It is the ultimate purpose of life. She personifies courage and has been a role model to many doctors across the country. Then again, her infectious smile demonstrates the true sense of satisfaction and contentment.
Meet Dr. Sailakshmi, the founder of EKAM Foundation.
A Moment of Introspection
Dr. Sailakshmi was working as a neonatologist at the Mehta Hospital in Chennai, India for about a-year-and-a-half. At present, she lives with her parents in Tamil Nadu’s capital city. A bright student and a committed doctor, Dr. Sailakshmi firmly believed in doing her part towards the betterment of the community.
It was at the age of 34 that she was diagnosed with cancer. “Cancer had entered the fourth stage, and about four years later it had spread to the bone,” explained Dr. Sailakshmi. Several sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy had successfully cured her of the disease.
Was she afraid? “I was not scared; I knew I was not going to die,” she said in a most jovial tone. On the contrary, this pediatrician chose to take the path less traveled. It was not long before she had given up her consultancy and indulge herself in community service. “To me, the ailment was a sign from a superior power. I began introspecting and realized that I had not taken care of my body the way I should have. I would never eat well and I took my health for granted. It was then that I realized that life should be led in a meaningful manner and that the body is a temple,” Dr. Sailakshmi explained.
Back to the Habit
Dr. Sailakshmi was advised to rest for a period of six months post her treatment. While many expected her to relax and not strain herself, she decided to work towards building her NGO for pediatric care. The NGO, called EKAM Foundation, had made a lot of progress during that point in time. She had mobilized funds and gathered more support from the community.
So, what gave this fighter the strength that she needed to pull through this phase of her life?
“I knew that I was the reason behind my sickness and that I shouldn’t be careless about the way I live my life. Moreover, I realized that simple yet effective techniques such as meditation could work wonders,” Dr. Sailakshmi elaborated.
She also emphasized on the benefits of living a spiritual life. Interestingly, Dr. Sailakshmi also believes that pranic healing is very effective and truly help feel good about themselves.
The Key to Survival
Indeed, her story has inspired many people and motivated many who wish to do good to the society. Most importantly, Dr. Lakshmi feels that so long as one loves their body, themselves and shares the love with the world around them, no obstacle can stop him or her from achieving their goals.