“Her father was not there for her. He was a drunkard, who did not go to work, and plundered whatever money he loaned from people. Eventually he committed suicide leaving behind a wife with two children. Now, Kaveri is hanging onto life with all her might, and we are just helpless.”
Am I going to die like my father?
“I have seen her grow up. She has been our baby girl. I enrolled her in college. I don’t know what to do or where to go right now! She keeps asking me if she is going to die because the word cancer scares her. All I say is that the injections are going to cure her fever and she will be back to college in no time.”
Cancer is the last problem this family needed
“Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We are all not well-read. My brother understood when the doctor explained it to him, and of course, everyone gets a shock when they say cancer. I am still in shock. The child did not know until a few weeks ago. I did not want to tell her. She had already been through enough without cancer attacking her. Now, it felt like we were all cursed from the beginning.” - Kaveri's mother.
Hard to pay bills when there is no income
“Yes, her disease can be dealt with chemotherapy. The problem is we need to give her love, care, time and manage the expenses. They said the approximate cost for this treatment will be Rs. 6 lakhs. My brother has already spent Rs. 3 lakhs on our bills so far, and cannot afford to fund her entire treatment. There is no other person who earns for this family. Kaveri’s brother is also studying. We cannot jeopardize either of their education. We cannot jeopardize her life.”