Priya Dave (Caregiver): “We still believe in magic.”

Cancer caregiver from India

My mother was originally from Gujarat but had settled in Mumbai after marriage. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 when we found out that she had three types of cancers.

 

It is very rare for a person to suffer from three cancers at the same time. All her treatment took place in Mumbai, and we had the opportunity to find out about some of the best cancer doctors in this domain. 

   

The Initial Signs:

 

It all started when she felt she had a bloated stomach and felt extremely uncomfortable. Initially, we dismissed it, thinking it must be gas or any other digestive problem. However, it did not subside, and we felt it might be something serious.

 

Our first instinct was to go for a CT scan and find out. Right at the time of diagnosis, the doctors told us that our mother was terminally ill, and there was no way in which we could heal her completely. But we kept our hopes high.

 

The Insulin Factor:

 

She had bouts of excruciating pain and had to be rushed to a medical emergency. During the treatment, she was diagnosed with diabetes and had to start taking insulin. Before this entire episode, she had no such problems.

 

She underwent 3 cycles of chemotherapy and 5 to 6 sittings of radiation treatment. But, as fate would have it, after a brave fight with cancer, she passed away in 2005, within eight to nine months of the diagnosis.

 

Her Never-Ending Spirit:

 

My mother was a remarkably strong lady. She has brought up 5 children- I have two brothers and two more sisters. She was working as a teacher when she was young, but she had to quit the job to give us adequate time.

 

It was her dedication and determination that she chose us over a personal career and ensured that she brought us up in the best way possible. After a while, she started giving tuition sessions where she would teach other children and make a living, contributing to the family’s budget.

 

My Supportive Better-Half:

 

My husband was a great source of support to me during a tough time because when someone is in such a situation, you need not only financial aid but also emotional support. In fact, every family member was there to help one another.

 

It is times like these when you recognize how close your family is and who will support you for real. Thankfully, I am blessed with good-hearted people around me who understand the importance of sentiments and emotions.

  

And She lives On:

 

My mother always taught us to be grateful and to believe in miracles. Though she knew that any day could be her last, she clung to hope. She believed in medical advancement and wanted to give life another chance. Since the time that I was a kid, my mother was my superhero, and every single day spent with her is etched in my heart. And yes, I still believe in magic!