A day in the life of a cancer patient
Surrounded by the four white walls of his quarter day after day hoping to recover from this deadly disease known as cancer, Muhammad Hassan awaits for his injections and therapy. At the age of 9 Muhammad Hassan has leukemia. At this stage of life when he should be worried about school and petty issues, Hassan is fighting a battle probably none of us could even imagine how to deal with. Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called “blasts”.
Cancer, one of the most common diseases that has destroyed millions of lives in Pakistan is being treated at Shaukat Khanum, found in 1993 the only institute that provides free treatment of cancer for the poor who cannot afford treatment and is funded by donations. I made a visit to the institution when I came across Mohammad Hassan who barely looked 9 years old. As I crossed them at the corridor Muhammad Hassan had a smile on his face which touched my heart the fact that they could smile even through the interview showed how strong they were from the inside. Following is the interview with Muhammad Hassan.
Q. What is your age and type of cancer?
I’m 9 years old and I have leukemia .
Q.How does your cancer affect the people around you?
It affected my mother most, as my caregiver. Many people were afraid I would die.
Q.How did you respond to learning that you had cancer?
I was shocked when I found out, it was hard to believe at first.
Q.Did you act differently? Did it change your perspective on things?
Absolutely, after the fear wears off, you realized you’re facing death and it changes everything about you.
Q.What treatments do you have?
I have Chemotherapy and Radiation.
Posted on March 22, 2013, in Society and Literature and tagged Bone marrow, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Leukemia, medicine, Pakistan, Radiation, Shaukat khanum, White cells. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.