"The lump on his shoulder became really bad. It looked like it would burst. It even started to bend the spine in his neck. We were so scared. Nothing could prepare us to hear that he actually has blood cancer. Maybe his cancer would not be this bad if we came to the city earlier.” – Ramesh, Anubhav’s father
Anubhav's aggressive blood cancer became severe in just two months. He needs sustained, intensive chemotherapy to stop the progress of cancer in his body. His father is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that Anubhav gets the treatment he needs to survive.
It all started with a painful lump on his shoulderThe doctor thought the lump in his shoulder was because of tuberculosis. After two weeks’ treatment, the lump went away, only to come back in a month, and in a much worse form. Ramesh, Anubhav’s father decided to take him to the city – Jaipur for a second opinion. Only then they got to know about his cancer.
Will I ever get better again, he asks me and I have no answerAnubhav has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is a blood cancer of white blood cells. These cancerous blood cells have accumulated in Anubhav’s lymph nodes causing swelling and pain. He needs to take a lot of medicines to prevent his condition from getting worse. To a 6-year-old, this is a confusing and distressing change.
“He used to be so happy. He used to go to school, he enjoyed playing with his sister. Now he wants to play, but his shoulder, neck and leg hurt too much. No matter how much we press his feet, he still cries from pain. He begs for toffees because his mouth is painful and filled with sores. He has lost a lot of weight, but his body is swollen. He knows he is sick and he asks us if he will ever get better.” – Ramesh
The monthly cost of treatment is almost ten times what he used to earnGiven how fast Anubhav’s cancer is growing, he needs a lot of targeted, expensive chemotherapy treatments. In a month alone, Ramesh needs to arrange for close to Rs 1 lakh. Ramesh used to be a computer operator in his village with a monthly income of Rs 12,000. He had to leave his job to be able to take his son to the hospital.
“The doctors asked us to be near the hospital in case he develops any infection or complication. So we’ve left our little daughter at the village and moved to Jaipur. I don’t even have my job any more. I’m only managing through loans. Somehow, in time, I’ll pay everyone back. It is a matter of our child’s life, what choice do we have?” – Ramesh.
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