Battling cancer is never easy. But, if you are blessed with the right support system – your parents, husband, children, immediate family members, and friends, then the struggle can become a bit easier.
If a cancer patient can get the right support from his/her loved ones, the fight against cancer not only becomes easy but also lovable and joyous. At IFORHER, we celebrate the unsung heroes who stood like a rock for their loved ones battling the deadly disease.
One such story of love and care is of this brother & sister. It will touch your heart and make you miss that special person in your life, who never lets you go through a storm alone.
While sharing how his sister gave him hope during the darkest days of his cancer struggle, this brother shared with HOB:
“In March 2018, I got the worst news of my life. I was at the hospital to get a dry cough checked and expected it to be a viral infection, but when my report came, the doctor told me that he wanted to speak to my parents.
I told him to tell me what was wrong. He said, ‘You have Leukaemia’.
I started shaking in fear. I was alone in Surat and my family was in Bombay–I called my dad and told him. The same day, my parents came to Surat, and took me home for my treatment.
After, I had chemotherapy every 2 weeks. Chemo was as bad as they say it is- I vomited after every session; The pain was indescribable. My sister often walked in on me squirming in pain.
In a few weeks, I started getting bald patches, and within a month, I lost all my hair. I was easily irritable, and often thought I’d relapse. I lashed out on my sister a lot and told her she didn’t understand what I was going through.
Still, she’d hold my hand and say, ‘I’m here with you.’
A few days later, she walked into my room–she’d completely shaved off all her hair and was bald…just like me. I cried, ‘Aayushi!’ in disbelief and asked her why she did that, and then broke down. She ran over and hugged me tight and we cried together.
From that day, I felt like she was with me every step of the way.
She came for all my chemo sessions, and spent all her time with me. We’d meditate together and play cards. We even kept up our tradition of midnight snacking and long conversations, but now we’d only watch funny videos. We’d laugh all night while hogging home-made makhaana and chips.
And soon, our hair started growing at the same pace–we began competing on whose hair grew faster!
She’d do anything to make me smile–when my family hid take-out from me, she always let me have a small bite. My doctor says I’m doing a lot better and I’ll be able to stop my medication and chemo by Diwali. We have big plans to celebrate after. We’re going to binge eat all that junk food I’ve been craving! So that’s the first thing we’re going to do– order a large box of steamy falafels!
And maybe after, we’ll go to the salon and try another cool new hairstyle together!”
Cancer is a disease that shakes even the most confident person from inside. It inculcates a fear that breaks not only the soul but also the family into pieces. It shatters the will to live in most of the people. But some brave souls come together to make it easier for the cancer survivors to fight this battle.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this inspiring sister, who is making sure she stands with her brother at every step of the way. We wish this brother a speedy recovery and hope everyone has a supportive companionship like his. Someone who stands by the promise of not giving up on each other.