Our Patient Advocate for the month of July 2020 is Rajat Mazumdar of FOM Kolkata whom everyone fondly calls Rajat Dada. Dada is our senior both in years and his CML diagnosis having been diagnosed almost 18 years ago.
Rajat Dada studied at the College of Engineering and Technology, Jadavpur, Kolkata. Since his childhood, he has travelled across the country and lived in many cities including Siliguri, Dibrugarh & Guwahati as his father worked for the Indian Railways.
He has two beautiful daughters, the older one is a Director of Clinical Radiology at Apollo Hospital, Chennai and his younger daughter is Vice President for Middle East, Africa and Turkey at IDC, an IT Research & Consulting Firm, IDC.
Rajat Dada is associated with the Ram Krishna Mission and Belur Math and takes active and energetic part in their social outreach programs. He is also involved in their school activities.
As a senior FOM City Chapter Leader, Rajat Dada has been involved in several of our Bengal based activities such as organizing the annual support group meetings , the All India Conference amongst others. Dada has scheduled visits at the Children’s Cancer Hospital where the team goes with gifts and toys to the little patients. He is always ready to help patients staying outside the city by supporting any of their requirements when needed. He has also personally assisted many patients individually looking after all aspects of their problems and by counselling them emotionally or by merely being a patient listener.
Recalling one of his experiences at FOM, Rajat Dada shares his successful efforts in facilitating consultation and follow up for another member from the interiors whose recovery was slow. He fixed an appointment with the specialists and sent him to Chennai for further treatment. He says today that he is happy to note that the patient is a lot better now.
Dada’s passions include photography and travel. He enjoys documenting moments through digital captures & provides commentary on the incidents, places and people he meets.
His message to fellow patients is positive and encouraging – “Whatever is worrying you right now, rise above it. Take a deep breath, stay positive and know that things will get better,” he says.