This is a story about a 74-year-old male pharmacist. He belongs to a lower-middle-class family comprising five members; a wife and three children(two daughters and one son); all of them married. His life's motivation has been to help and support people to the best of his abilities. But unfortunately, he has cancer in his leg. When he first got this diagnosis, he felt like someone had pulled the rug from under his feet; naturally, the family and the patient were in shock.
When the Can Support team visited him for the first time, the patient was noticeably in distress caused by the discharge from the affected area in his leg and the subsequent foul smell. So the team first focused on symptom management, following which the discharge subsided to a certain extent and eventually completely stopped. Before the diagnosis, he was a devoted believer in God. But that changed after the diagnosis; he was angry with God. He often said, "If I come across God one day, I will ask him why He did this to me?" We used to listen to him and his worries about his wife patiently. He was concerned about her well-being in case of his sudden demise. In this unique situation where the patient and the family both needed counselling, our team discussed all their concerns and helped them navigate through this tough time. We mentally prepared the family for the upcoming challenges, helping them with suggestions concerning treatment decisions and unfinished business. Such clarity helped them overcome this situation. The patient continues to be in our care and thanks our team for consistent support.