There is life after cancer

Any empty nester will tell you that it when the first fledgling leaves the nest , the feeling of abandonment / being lost is greatest.

Over 10 years ago, when my eldest left not only home but our shores, I was deeply disturbed.

That’s when I joined up with St Jude India ChildCare Centres as a volunteer. Those days the centre was small – 8 kids only . But by the next year the children had doubled. In fact the growth was fantastic and today SJICC became pan India.

For many years I was closely associated with the Centre and reluctantly had to step away when my grandchildren came on the scene .

Yet I couldn’t make a clean break.

On Friday our first batch of children came back to visit, I did so want to meet them but unfortunately I was totally caught up with the Christmas celebrations .

However, the occasion was covered by INDIAN EXPRESS .

Oncologists say childhood cancers are highly curable if circumstances don’t cause treatment to be stopped midway. So St Jude’s role in offering a physical living space and emotional support is critical, the parents agree. Then there are the tips the young former patients share.
— Read on indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/reunion-for-st-jude-childcare-centres-batch-of-2006-all-survived-cancer-now-ready-to-inspire-other-children-5496522/

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. Bellybytes, this is a wonderful program. When I was a young teen I lost a friend to leukemia. Back then it was almost always fatal. I hope to see the day when cancer is finally defeated.

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