Breast Cancer Hero Sadhana Sarkar
For me, my mom has always been the person who would cheer me up in the direst of situations. Be it exam stress, heart break or worries about the future, I could count on my mom to listen to me and make me see the lighter side of the situation. At the end of the talk, I would always feel full of enthusiasm to start afresh with a new attitude, a new zeal towards life.
My mom is a school teacher. She teaches music and is a favourite among all students right from kindergarten to higher secondary level. When she was detected with breast cancer, our world, comprising me, my dada and mom turned upside down. I was in shock and had difficulty in believing when my dad broke the news to me on the phone. I couldn’t picture my mom who is otherwise hale and hearty, always smiling to be sick. At that time I was studying in Chennai, away from home.
My dad is very practical and emotionally strong. He has faced many adversities in life and has come out of all of them smiling. He was still fighting, one of the most common problems an Indian middle-class family faces, economic crisis. Though he had accepted that my mother had cancer and appeared to be calm about her treatment and eventual recovery, I didn’t believe him. All three of us were wondering how we would manage the money needed for the treatment of this scary disease.
When my mom’s chemotherapy began, I, my dad, my masi (mom’s sister) and her kids were with her. We were as scared as her and were in a sombre mood; expecting the worst side effects that we have been hearing about chemotherapy. I had nobody to run to, who could solve my problems or cheer me up. I was waiting outside, my eyes were getting moist when my mom came out of the hospital room after finishing her first session of chemotherapy.
She started joking about a funny scene that took place between another patient and a doctor that happened when she was undergoing chemo in the same room. We all burst out laughing and forgot the reason we were there. And just like that, my mom was her usual self again making everyone laugh, dispelling any trace of despair from everyone’s heart. We could suddenly see the silver lining behind the dark cloud that had engulfed our family. My mom and we cruised through the whole experience and there were a lot of ups and downs along the way, but there was always hope. She was the patient but she nursed us of our despair and gave hope. She is a survivor. She is my hero. She is now back in school, teaching, and back to being everyone’s favourite!
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