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I Had To Tell My 8-year-old That Her Cancer Is Just Like A Pimple

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8 years old, Shalini cannot comprehend what is happening to her. "She keeps asking me, 'Naanu mele hogbidtina? (Am I going to die?) I had to tell her that it is just a pimple inside and the doctor will pop it like any other pimple." How else could a mother tell her daughter that she has cancer?
"I never imagined that God would give such a cruel disease to my child."

Sumitra and Ramu are Bangaloreans with a small family of two daughters, 10-year-old Varsha, and 8-year-old Shalini. Ramu works at a factory near Yeshwantpur making Rs. 7000/month that takes care of the household expenses and his children's school fees. They were barely making it until fate took a wrong turn with Shalini.
"Around a month ago, she developed a fever. She was coughing a lot, so we went to a small hospital near Vidyaranyapura. The doctor said she had a lot of phlegm and they had to treat it. However, he suspected an underlying cause and suggested an X-Ray and CT scan. The reports showed a mass, and that's when we went to HCG."

Neuroblastoma. This is Shalini's diagnosis. While she was busy growing up into a happy and enthusiastic young girl, a mass of nerve cells was growing inside her. She showed symptoms when it began to metastasize and now needs chemotherapy to survive this aggressive disease.
"Growing up, Shalini was always very frail and thin. I always assumed it was because her father was thin. It never struck me that she could be sick. She never really fell sick, so it tears me apart every day to think she might just slip out of my hands because of this disease that we cannot even detect until it starts aggressively attacking you."

Shalini has been going through several blood test panels and finished her first round of chemotherapy. She does not know what is happening to her and cries out of fear of needles and blood.
This family is unable to afford the treatment that can keep Shalini alive. They managed to pool Rs. 1.6 Lakhs from rainy day savings that were in the children's name, sold any jewelry they had, and have taken loans to afford this treatment.

Shalini needs a little over Rs. 3.5 Lakhs to survive this disease. Your contribution can keep her alive.

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20th March 2020
Dear Supporters,

We have some unfortunate news to share. Shalini was doing well post completion of her treatment. But she developed complications post treatment and could not make it. Most of the amount raised has been utilized for her treatment. Of the remaining amount, with the consent of the family we would like to transfer it to a different patient from the same hospital.

For the last one year 24-year-old, Shashi Kumar has been fighting a severe form of cancer called Carcinoma.  

Carcinoma is a type of cancer that starts in cells that make up the skin or the tissue lining organs, such as the liver or kidneys. Due to the severity of his condition, Shashi needs to begin chemotherapy at the earliest. The total cost of the treatment is around 4 lakh Rs.

Unfortunately, Shashi cannot afford the treatment and needs our help. Your contribution can give Shashi the treatment he deserves. Please find his campaign link.

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/shashi-kumar

We would be transferring the pending amount from Shalini's campaign to Shashi Kumar's campaign. All the donors of Shalini's campaign would be  getting health updated of Shashi Kumat through emails and WhatsApp.

Thank you all once again for your wonderful support. Even though Shalini could not make it, your donation is impacting the life of another person.

Regards
Team Milaap
Dear Supporters,

We have some unfortunate news to share. Shalini was doing well post completion of her treatment. But she developed complications post treatment and could not make it. Most of the amount raised has been utilized for her treatment. Of the remaining amount, with the consent of the family we would like to transfer it to a different patient from the same hospital.

For the last one year 24-year-old, Shashi Kumar has been fighting a severe form of cancer called Carcinoma.  

Carcinoma is a type of cancer that starts in cells that make up the skin or the tissue lining organs, such as the liver or kidneys. Due to the severity of his condition, Shashi needs to begin chemotherapy at the earliest. The total cost of the treatment is around 4 lakh Rs.

Unfortunately, Shashi cannot afford the treatment and needs our help. Your contribution can give Shashi the treatment he deserves. Please find his campaign link.

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/shashi-kumar

We would be transferring the pending amount from Shalini's campaign to Shashi Kumar's campaign. All the donors of Shalini's campaign would be  getting health updated of Shashi Kumat through emails and WhatsApp.

Thank you all once again for your wonderful support. Even though Shalini could not make it, your donation is impacting the life of another person.

Regards
Team Milaap
17th September 2018
Dear Supporters ,

Here is an update on Shalini. Shalini had to undergo a small procedure to remove her chemo port. She is doing well and will be visiting the hospital once a month.

Thank you once again for the support.


Best,
Feros
Dear Supporters ,

Here is an update on Shalini. Shalini had to undergo a small procedure to remove her chemo port. She is doing well and will be visiting the hospital once a month.

Thank you once again for the support.


Best,
Feros
6th August 2018
Dear Supporters ,

Here is an update on Shalini. Shalini is doing extremely well. All her treatment has been finished. She has visited the hospital for a regular chekup and underwent 2D Echocardiography test. She will be continuing the monthly check up at the hospital.

Thank you ,

Regards,
Feros
Dear Supporters ,

Here is an update on Shalini. Shalini is doing extremely well. All her treatment has been finished. She has visited the hospital for a regular chekup and underwent 2D Echocardiography test. She will be continuing the monthly check up at the hospital.

Thank you ,

Regards,
Feros
Rs.11,350 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Shalini R info_outline
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