‘Be strong! Accept challenge of the disease!’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 09:21:05


Staff Reporter,

Snehaanchal Charitable Trust organised an interactive session with cancer patients on Thursday at its premises

The session was held to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

“Yaaro Utho Chalo Bhaago Daudo; Marne Se Pahle Jeena Naa Chhodo”...
Each one attending and witnessing the interactive session of inmates of ‘Snehaanchal’ on Thursday remembered the famous song from the Hindi film ‘Avatar’.
‘Snehaanchal’ a centre of palliative care for the cancer patients is constantly pumping ‘life’ in those who on daily basis witness their ‘death’ in eyes of close relatives. ‘Snehaanchal’ known for caring, sharing, compassion and love since last 12 years in city has boosted the morale in sufferers in such a way that during the interactive session, each one was seen challenging ‘death’ by saying ‘We should not stop living, till our physical death.’

“Yes! I am strong!! I will fight! I will not just exist, but I want to live!! And I will also inspire others to live!,” these were the words with confidence on the faces of ‘Cancer fighters.’ Each one was bubbling with enthusiasm and adding life to the environment. People attending the interactive session were encouraging these fighters with constant round of applause. In many functions, now a days, it is a normal feature that the anchor asks round of applause from the audience.

In the interactive session, it was very surprising to witness audience giving round of applause of its own.
Addressing on this occasion, Dr Mona Rai stated that the interactive session was organised to commemorate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrated on second Saturday of October month each year. The day has been celebrated across the world to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world, she added. Dr Rai mentioned, the aims of celebrating this day are to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak about the issue. It is also aimed to raise awareness and understanding of needs, medical, social, practical and spiritual of people living with a life limiting illness and their families. To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care around the world is also the objective behind celebrating the day, she added.

Dr Rai stated, the theme for this year is ‘Palliative Care-Because I Matter.’ The theme comes from a quote by Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of modern hospice movement which goes like “you matter because you are you and you matter till the last moment of your life.”

According to Intelligence Unit Report on quality of death experience in 80 countries, India has been placed on 67th position. UK stood on first position followed by Australia and New Zealand. This is the reason, India is not really the best place in the world to face a grave illness. This is because availability of Hospice and Palliative Care is extremely limited in most states, she said. A skit on the life of cancer patients and their families was presented on this occasion.