A grieving wife & mother fights all odds for her son!
Story of how an 8-year-old boy is recovering quickly by eating well.
Different people deal with adversities in their life differently. Some get bogged down by the enormity of the situation, and some find the will to keep going despite all odds. When 8-year-old Akshya was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, he was still grieving his father’s demise that happened a few months back. His mother was furious with the series of unfortunate events in their life. She says, “I was angry and scared when I found out about Akshya’s diagnosis. My husband was the sole breadwinner of the family, and this made the situation even worse. But it did not stop me from trying my best to save my son.”
World Health Day is celebrated every year on the 7th of April, and this year the focus is on ensuring that healthcare is accessible to everyone equally. In this case, Akshya’s mother found a way to fight cancer with her son by overcoming emotional distress and ensuring that he got the proper treatment. She says, “I feel blessed to have Cuddles Foundation’s support during this time. Thanks to the Supplement Program, Akshya is feeling better and growing stronger.”
Divya, our nutritionist at St John’s, adds, “The children that I work with come from uneducated families, and they are generally unaware of the various complications involved. Making them understand the importance of nutrition is one step towards removing barriers that come in the way of making cancer treatment accessible for their child.”
Beating childhood cancer begins with eating well, and hence Divya felt the need to reinforce this through extensive counselling sessions with Akshya’s mother and him. “While I worked with Akshya’s mother to rule out any confusion about his diet, I was able to bond with him so he could keep up with the demands of cancer treatment.”
Akshya recently completed his chemotherapy and will be starting the maintenance cycle. Our nutritionists are giving all it takes to make healthcare accessible for many families like Akshya’s, and this would not have been possible without your generous support.