My name is Vijayalakshimy K. Silvathorai and I’m from Malaysia. For years, I struggled with obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol before I was diagnosed with cancer.

I'm sharing my story because as a person with multiple NCDs, I know how important it is to have support and medical care to get back to good health and I want this journey to be one that is less painful, more meaningful for people like myself.

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28 May 2021

A Path Travelled - Lessons Learnt

I am excited that NCD Diaries offers me a chance to reflect on the lessons I have learnt which I hope will help others who come after me. In 2008, my physician Datuk Dr Kauthaman informed me that I was obese, hypertensive and type-2 diabetic with high cholesterol. This is my story as a person living with several non-communicable diseases.

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4 May 2021

Namaste

As a child, I learnt that when we say Namaste, we greet the goodness in the other person. In this spirit, I share my thoughts so that we will see change where we need to be better. I dedicate this next audio podcast to our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who take care of people living with multiple chronic conditions.

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Podcast Diary

26 July 2021

The Magic Pill

In this podcast, I speak about my journey with the training of lived experience advocates and volunteer support on awareness of treatment and care for various cancers, to understanding how diabetes, hypertension, kidney diseases, dental health, mental health, pain management, pharmaceuticals and nutrition affects the wholistic care of the individual facing cancer. Based on my experiences, I share with you my calls to action and hopes for change, for a stronger NCD response that works for everyone.

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As a person with multiple NCDs, I know how important it is to have support and medical care to get back to good health and I want this journey to be one that is less painful, more meaningful for people like myself. 

Vijayalakshimy Silvathorai, lived experience of multiple chronic conditions, Malaysia

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