Though our society may be son-obsessed, this daughter proves that girls are truly priceless!
Whenever it comes to making sure parents are healthy and well, daughters can always be seen on the forefront – making sacrifices, doing their best unconditionally.
It was proven once again by this inspiring daughter, who turned into a pillar of strength for her cancer-stricken mother sho was abandoned by her sons. While sharing the inspiring story of how her daughter supported her in the fight against cancer, this mother shared with HoB:
“My two sons were in primary school and she was just 11 months old when my husband passed away. He was a police constable, so we had a stable income, but it all changed overnight.
I couldn’t deal with it — I was a homemaker until then, but suddenly the responsibility to run the house came upon me. I didn’t know how to read or write, so the only job I could get was that of a labourer. I hated it, but I had no choice — I had to do it for my kids.
I remember, I used to earn Rs. 215 per month, in those days. And in that much amount I had to run the house as well as manage their school fees. Everyday it felt like I wouldn’t be able to continue for long, but I kept going because I had faith that our condition would improve once my sons finished their education and start earning.
I worked as a labourer for 40 years, and managed to give my kids the life they deserved. And when I finally felt that I had made them sufficient enough to manage their own expenses, I finally retired!
But just 2 months after that, I was detected with cancer — it felt like the end of the world.
When my sons got to know about it, they refused to take up my responsibility — and instead started asking me to give them their share from my savings. They would come to my house daily, and verbally abuse me.
That’s when she came forward and convinced her husband to take up my responsibility — and then my treatment finally began. The treatment went on for 3 years, and during that time, there wasn’t a single day when she wasn’t by my side. She would cook for me, accompany me every time I had to go to the doctor, and made sure that I took my medicine regularly. She stood by me like a pillar, and never let me feel that I was alone in this fight against cancer. Even though that was what I expected from my sons.
I’m cancer free now and live a healthy life! But that has only become possible because of her. She gave me hope when I had given up. All my life I had thought that my sons would take care of me when I get old, but she made me realize the true value of having a daughter. Our society is such that sometimes, unknowingly, we expect things only from the ‘men’ of the family. But, when my husband passed away, I took charge. And when my sons gave up on me, she held my hand. So maybe it’s time we start appreciating, the woman of the house.”
This inspiring story has triggered a conversation around an important topic – “How we treat our Daughters in India?”
At IForHer, we believe our daughters deserve to be treated with respect and not considered a burden. There have been numerous examples where our daughters have proven they are not only an asset for their parents but also for society as a whole, and we need to make sure they get their due.