The Scars Of a Survivor





The struggle against cancer is excruciating even if one were to fight against it in a comfortable space and with people who care. Saraswathi is a 56-year-old woman, who was abandoned by her family and found on the road. She was in rags, had matted hair, and was unable to pull herself up or together. Her plight had been noticed by a good Samaritan who had called the police. She was then referred to us for diagnosis and basic medical care. The team at A.i.R. Humanitarian Homes picked her up. She could not communicate clearly or articulate with people the pain she had been going through as she had severe Dysphasia. At the time she was brought in, there was a blister on her face which then spread all over her body within days.

The in-house doctor had advised a comprehensive diagnosis of her condition, which was immediately done. Initially, when Saraswathi's blood was analyzed, the consulting doctor suspected that she might have cancer. A Wound Edge Biopsy test was conducted and the results further confirmed that she had Basal Cell Carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. The doctors said that the cancer had reached its final stage and that treatments would be ineffective at that point.

Saraswathi has been with us for over 16 years now, living in the A.i.R. Transit Home as an ‘Icon’ (a permanent resident and an extended part of our family). The consistent palliative care and nourishment given by our team, the compassionate support she receives has given her the courage and strength to fight cancer. Today, as we interview her, she smilingly hums out a tune to say that she's okay, and that's priceless.

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