“Sirisha is just too fragile to know about her condition. She refused to comply with tests because of the pain it may cause. We do not want her to know she has cancer because that will cause a lot of trauma. Yes, it is very hard to see her battling the disease and the effects of chemotherapy. But we have no other choice for now. Everything we do is to save her life.”
“My parents worked as laborers on agricultural lands. We had nothing growing up and they toiled hard for us, together earning Rs 250/day so they could educate us. If it was not for them, I would not have a job at IBM today. After all these years, I have been able to slowly drag them out of struggle, stabilize the financial situation at home, take care of my aunt and her children as well, and help Sirisha achieve her dreams. Just when we thought things were getting better, this happened.”
“It was too expensive for us. So we went to a hospital in Adyar, and even Vellore. The minimum cost estimate we were given was Rs. 10 Lakhs. Unfortunately, the doctors said they had to perform the bone marrow test to confirm again. Sirisha refused to cooperate. She was so afraid and threw a big tantrum. They said they could not help us if the patient does not cooperate. So we came to Manipal Bangalore."
"Sirisha is closest to our father. They share a very beautiful father-daughter bond. He is also very attached to her. We have not been able to tell either of them about her actual diagnosis fearing for what it might do to them. They would both not handle it well. How can I say Sirisha’s life is in danger? I can’t face either of them with this news! Instead, we said it is a stomach issue, and she needs to be in the hospital until she recovers. My father is back in the village and they keep talking over the phone.”
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