A patient with her thoughts
Dear Friends of Karunashrya,
In the last three months we have taken care of 251 patients at Karunashraya excluding those who were given care at their own homes under our Home Care Services. All of this has been possible only with the continuous flow of donations from donors like yourselves. Some of our patients were so poor that they did not have any money for dressing their open wounds. Once they get admitted here dressings are done twice daily and they get a lot of relief from pain and discomfort. Their pain is under control within a couple of days of admission and such things are possible with the money received for medicines,
One such patient is 60 year old Mary (name changed for anonymity). She hailed from a small village outside Bangalore. She was married off when she was only 12 years old and within two months her husband expired. The marriage was one in name only. Amongst people of her caste remarriage was unheard of and she had to spend her life as a widow. It was a cursed life as, young as she was, widows could not attend any religious functions, marriages etc. After her parents died she lived with her brother who did not have enough money to get her treated once she was diagnosed with cancer. There is no awareness about cancer in rural areas and people believe it is contagious and hence keep away from the cancer patient. She just suffered the pain and stayed at home till someone told her about Karunashraya and then she was admitted here. She is happy here as everyone talks to her and takes care of her, treating her like a normal person. Though she had attempted suicide twice before, now she is happy to live and only wants one thing - a peaceful death.
We thank our many donors for helping not just Mary but many others like her who have had access to FREE pain relief, food and counselling and have been able to spend their last days in peace without any financial worry.