NOW Living the Dream

A tale of surviving cancer

by Dr Daksha Trivedi

NOW Living the Dream underlines the power of positivity against the onslaught of cancer. It offers a profound, practical and spiritual insight into understanding life’s challenges.

This beautiful book of courage and survival will leave you with the confidence to live each day as if it were your last.

Daksha Trivedi shares a true story of endurance, courage and faith, a journey that changed her forever. It is a candid account of her courageous passage from fear to hope and getting her life back.

Proceeds from my book will be donated to appropriate charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Together Against Cancer, The Oesophageal Patients Association which are close to my heart.

An inspirational song composed by Vina Mistry, Coventry, UK based on the book ‘Now Living the Dream’, a cancer journey of her dear friend Daksha Trivedi.

These soul stirring lyrics convey a powerful message of hope and courage in the face of adversity.

A dietary advice booklet published for digestive cancers, by DICE (Digestive cancer, Europe).

Dr Daksha Trivedi shares her insights and has written a prologue to inspire others through their nutritional difficulties.

“This book was completed during the Covid-19 lock down. It has been increasingly reported that many people are refraining from accessing cancer services due to fear of the coronavirus. It has been recommended that patients who are concerned about their symptoms potentially related to cancer should contact their doctor as early detection can save lives. Those who are having treatment and follow-up appointments should also continue to liaise with their medical teams.”     


Dr Daksha Trivedi

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you – Zora Neale Hurston

Events that touch us deeply can change our lives forever.  When we share our trials and tribulations with others, we create a healing space, like a well from which we can draw strength and comfort in our darkest hours.

Throughout my life, I have been inspired by real life stories of people who have shown great courage in the face of adversity. In writing this book, I wanted to reach out to all the patients and their families who may find themselves on this painful journey. It conveys a message of love, courage and faith that overcomes all fears and not just to survive but to live life to the full.

I am NOW living the dream to follow my purpose in this present, adding value and beauty to my life and others and living each day as if it were my last.

Dr Daksha Trivedi


I am an active member of the Mid Beds Cancer Support Group.

We are an informal cancer group for patients, families, friends, carers who wish to meet others for support & information. We meet regularly and are based in Meppershall, Bedfordshire, but we warmly welcome anyone from the surrounding towns and villages.


“Daksha is an epidemiologist and a scientist; a woman of great faith who is supported by family and friends who share faiths; and someone who is able to tell the story of her journey through oesophageal cancer from beginning to recovery, sparing no detail and with no emotional holds barred. This book is her story interwoven with interesting science and discussions of aspects of faith and emotional support (helping those of ‘no faith’ to appreciate positive mindset and self- empowerment); accompanied by quotations from classical and modern literature and personal photographs; but also containing much practical advice. We all think we know what ‘holistic care’ means, but most do not fully understand what it is unless we have experienced it or read this book.”
Dr Paul Siklos, MA (Cantab), BSc, MBBS, FRCP; Consultant Physician (retired), West Suffolk Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, UK;Associate Clinical Dean (retired),University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine; Life Fellow, Hughes Hall, Cambridge;Winner of the Pilkington Prize 2005 award in recognition of teaching excellence.

“Sometimes we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, this is because there are always twists and turns in life. Daksha’s book teaches us to keep walking and eventually despite the many deviations we must not give up, and we will see the light again. This book will be useful to support people who have cancer and are beginning that journey, down that long tunnel. She covers the shock of diagnosis, the fear, the hope of recovery, the many trials and tribulations, and eventual cure. She clearly describes her journey providing numerous ideas that people will find helpful in overcoming their own anxieties and fears. She provides practical advice and a touching honesty about her own experiences. Reading it was a privilege.”

Professor Mike Kirby, MBBS, LRCP, MRCS, FRCP; Clinician & Academic; Prostate Cancer Charity Research Advisory Group, The Prostate Centre, London. Member of UK Department of Health Prostate Cancer Risk Management Working Party & several National Health Service advisory boards.
“Now Living the Dream” is a classic example of the manifestation of the power of love, the living force within us which heals. It has a purpose, a dream and fulfilment even more so when illnesses are so prevalent, especially at this time of unpredictable effects of the pandemic which the whole world is facing today. Through faith, belief, hope, courage and determination, Daksha has proved that no matter how far your condition has advanced, if you choose or desire to restore your health into wellness, you actually give birth to a new desire and that is when ” the power of wellness emerges”. A must read not only for cancer patients but for every human being who walks on the face of the Earth.”
Lim Cheng Hoe, Former International Badminton Coach to Sweden, Iceland and Zambia; former representative of the Malaysian Badminton Team; Retired Teacher and Trustee for mainstream Education, UK; Currently an International Reiki Master, Trainer & Tai-Chi Practitioner, UK
“This is a brave book about an inner and outer journey after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. The physical implications of this diagnosis and subsequent surgery and treatment were devastating, but what is so compelling about this testament is the author’s willingness to share how she reflected on and rigorously examined the daily challenges which threatened her existence. Life as experienced before surgery would never be the same again but the new life, which continues to unfold, is one with rich spiritual meaning, tremendous gratitude for each moment and deep compassion for all beings. This book is a great inspiration and encouragement for all who wish to live life fully with joy, healing and appreciation of the present moment.”
Judith Berry, Retired Primary School Headteacher, T.C. Alexander Teachers' College Sydney Australia; Member of the Findhorn Foundation Community Scotland; Actively involved in the Care Sector of the Community and Conservation Charities.

Daksha Trivedi speaks about her cancer journey to
BBC Three Counties Radio ... listen here


“Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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