During the last Diwali, I was busy with preparations and so was my husband. My kids were excited about the evening. They were eagerly waiting for the firecrackers my husband had bought for them. Though the festival was a week away yet they were still celebrating. I was feeling a bit feverish since the morning. But I thought it could be because of exertion. My husband didn’t take it lightly. He took me to the doctor.
I had been feeling fatigued and breathless for a while. I thought that I would be diagnosed with anaemia. But to my surprise, the doctor suspected that I might be suffering from dengue. Once the possibility of dengue ruled out. The doctor advised further tests. The results that came, is the reason I am writing this to you.
My white blood cells were more than usual. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (blood cancer). With two children at home and a whole life ahead of me, I wasn’t sure how should I react to that. I was scared, of course, but I was more worried about what would follow. I was sent to Narayan Hrudayalya, Bangalore. I was told that I would get the facilities I require. I needed immediate chemotherapy.
My children are just 8 and 10 years old. My husband hasn’t told them yet about my disease. He told them that I have been suffering from fever and will soon return. I don’t know for how long he will be able to keep this from them. I am sure they will be devastated once they know about my condition. I don’t want to stay away from my kids. But my condition has made it impossible for them to pay frequent visit.
My husband works at a meat seller shop. He earns a meagre salary of Rs. 15,000. He has been managing to run a house with this income. On the other hand, a bone marrow transplant will cost Rs. 15 lakh. I can’t even imagine such a huge amount. The doctor says that I can only go home once the bone marrow transplant is done. It is my humble request to all of you. Please donate generously. Your help will give me another chance at life.