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Mother fights back

Tokasa Bolalailai
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A MOTHER of three and also a cancer survivor, Kiran Lata Prasad, was motivated to fight back after seeing the effort her family made to save her.

Mrs Prasad's eldest daughter, Anishma Jyoti Prasad, shared the months of ordeal and the daily struggle the family endured during their mother's fight against ovarian cancer.

"As a family we stood by her and made an effort. We did not stop there and we looked for other alternatives and hospitals, and we got in touch with them," she said.

Ms Prasad said the whole family of Naduru in Nausori supported her mother while she battled cancer for nine months.

"We changed around six to seven doctors, from private doctors to health centres for a month. Actually it just got really bad to worse and we took her to another doctor and then he diagnosed her and told us what is actually happening."

She said after being referred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, the doctors told the family that her mother only had five months to live and should make the most of it.

"The doctors called the family and they officially told us that my mother has stage 4 advance ovarian cancer and she had reached a stage where nothing can be done about it and they told us to take her home, take care of her and they also told my mom to pass her wisdom on to her children," she said. However, she said, the family never gave up in seeking other alternatives until their mother was given an eight months chemotherapy opportunity in India last year.

"It was a hard time for my family. I was completing my studies and my sister who's a nurse took leave from work to accompany my mom to India," she said.

Ms Prasad said apart from her family's togetherness during those difficult times, her mother was a fighter herself.

"Now she tells me that when she was sick, she nearly broke down but seeing her children and her families fighting for her motivated her to fight."

She said after successfully completing the treatment in India, her mother had fully recovered and was happily going about with her normal chores.

"My mother was given five months by the doctors to live but she has lived up to one year and three months now since the time she was told.

"And she is living healthily and advising us to go for medical check-ups," said Ms Prasad.

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