My son, Shashank aged 25 yrs, had been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008. Previous to that, he had complaints of frequent fever, weight loss etc. On routine checks, Hodgkins Lymphoma was diagnosed. Immediately, he was rushed to TMH, Mumbai for further treatment. He received 8 cycles of ABVD regimen chemotheraphy. Within 2 months, the disease showed early relapse, for which he was given salvage chemo, followed by Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. In April 2009.
All these chemoes cost me around 5 lakhs and the ASCT itself cost me about 10 lakhs. I am a single parent, working with the Railways. Since I needed to be with my son, and also because I needed funds, I took VRS from Railways in Jan 2009. Part of the treatment cost I could fund through my settlement dues and the rest was helped by my family.
Now, on a routine check, it seems his disease has come back. Now doctors have suggested 3 cycles of chemo (each costing around Rs 60,000) followed by Allogenic stem cell transplant, which would cost about 15 lakhs. The total fund requirement would be around Rs 20 lakhs. I may be able to raise about Rs 5 lakhs through family & friends but still I have a deficit of Rs. 15 lakhs. My pension is also quite small, since I did not complete 30 yrs of service. I have no other source of income. Though my son is working now, he will have to put in his papers once the treatment starts, because the Transplant is a highly sensitive procedure, which requires him to be indoors for atleast a year. My source of income would be my small pension only. Hence, it is impossible for me to get my son treated properly.
I am a single parent and a retired government employee. I took voluntary retirement in the year 2009 to look after my Son who has been suffering from Cancer. From 2008 we have spent approximately Rs. 16 lakhs. My friend and family has helped me a lot. The treatment suggested now would cost another Rs. 20 lakhs. I will be able to raise around Rs. 5 lakhs. However would require 15 lakhs for the Bone Marrow Transplantation.
Also, my son would have to resign from his job as doctors suggest that he would need to take a year to recuperate. This means he would no longer earn the salary of Rs.31,000. This would add to our fund crunch. Would appreciate if everyone would come forward to help us during our times of need