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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.
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2 Comment

  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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