Sakshi More, a young widow with two children from Ratnagiri came to St. Judes with her 2 ½ year
old son Chirag, the younger of the two children, diagnosed with blood cancer.
Due to ill health her
mother in law was unable to stay with her at the centre. Her father, a resident of Mumbai, helped her
with hospital visits and the running around. When Chirag contracted chicken pox she left the centre to
stay with her sister in Worli and came back.
"I was worried because Chirag lost no hair," she says.
"People here said loss of hair is the sign that the treatment is taking effect.
I was greatly relieved when Chirag lost a tuft of hair behind his right ear,"she laughs.
He is indeed responding well to the treatment and will be placed on maintenance shortly.
Asked whether as a single parent she faced difficulties looking after Chirag at the centre,
she replied that the support she received from parents of other children was exemplary. "The fathers purchased
vegetables for me too while buying them for their families and mothers gladly cooked for me when
Chirag was being cranky and sick. Today he is active, his weight has grown from 9 kg to 11 ½ kg, he is
happy to attend all the activities happening in the community area, although he still needs me to be
around him. And most importantly, he not only eats on his own, but also asks for a second helping.
What more can a mother ask for?"
Sakshi had forgotten how to smile. But today her youthful face is lit up
with the knowledge that when she goes home with a healthy, happy Chirag after being away for almost
a year, she is leaving behind many, many friends and well wishers at St. Judes.