Treating cancer goes beyond surgery, medication or the laboratory. This November, let us celebrate the lifeline of patients: caregivers, who push through stressful and difficult times with kindness, patience and determination to provide care for their loved ones who are ill such as Clare, a mother of 9-month-old Micah.
One day, Micah had a swollen tummy and a fever that just did not go down. He was immediately brought to the clinic, and was then referred to a hospital for an ultrasound.
Results showed that he had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells that can be found in several areas of the body.
“I cried when I first found out, but I immediately accepted it,” says Clare. “I told myself that this might be one of the challenges in my life and it will help me discover how strong I am.”
Micah first received his treatment in Sabah, but the family still had to travel to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for further screening, as these services weren’t available in Sabah.
A search for places to stay in Kuala Lumpur while Micah was undergoing treatment at HKL led them to our Children’s Home of Hope, our ‘home away from home’ for child cancer patients – and their caregivers – from out of KL.
“At the Home, it feels like heaven for me and my child.”
Apart from being comfortable, the Home was also a convenient stay, as it is within walking distance to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, she adds.
Micah is currently undergoing chemotherapy and Clare’s hope is that her son will one day be cancer-free.
Today, let us together celebrate our caregivers such as Clare, who give of themselves in order to make the lives of those they care for better.
November is National Caregivers’ Month: we thank caregivers for putting so much heart into the care and support for their loved ones.