Personally I must admit that I am quite “numb” when seeing the suffering of many cancer patients I have visited so far since I worked with MAKNA a few years ago. I don’t think it is a burnout feeling but more of knowing it so well that it is an honorable duty that must be fulfilled at all cost.
Pondering on Shaktivel’s case , one thing that always amazed me is the the tenacity of the mother to ensure that her child to get well even it means they have to walk 3 kilometers under the scorching sun to go to Hospital Ipoh just because they don’t have money to pay the bus fare!
And this is not one story and one life I have crosses path with. There are many more.
The experience made me realized how important my job in giving cancer patients chance to rebuild their life again through microcredit program that I am involved in. Shaktivel’s case is many examples of how a family crumbled down when cancer struck. Father or husband would run away and leaving the family in despair. I used to ask why and why this is happening? But now, I stop asking and just carry out my duty to reassure them that there are people who cares and most importantly to ensure that they able to stand on their own feet and rebuild their life.