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Seeta Devi

Seeta Devi is a 60 year old widow of a refugee from Sri Lanka. She has cancer of the uterine cervix, stage 2 B. She is living in a rented room in a slum colony in Delhi. She has 3 children, one of whom, her son, remarried and does not want to visit her anymore.

Her second son is a drug addict whose wife is the only earning member in the family. The daughter is a widow who works hard to support her own family.

Seeta Devi is receiving palliative support after external radiotherapy and incomplete ICBT failed to cure her cancer. The cost of these treatments also pushed her below the poverty line.

Seeta Devi enrolled with CanSupport as a home care patient in 2004. At that time she was suffering from the side effects of ongoing treatment. She remembered her husband and used to cry a lot. With the help of the CanSupport team she started gaining her confidence and learnt to fight her disease. She also expressed a desire to earn for her family and so CanSupport bought a hand cart for her. Now, every evening she makes savories (idlis, pakoras) and sells them in the nearby market.

CanSupport also helped put her son in a de-addiction centre. He is now free from drugs and she is very happy when he comes to visit her. Her own experience has taught her the value of early detection and so she is the first to remind her daughter and daughter-in-law not to forget to go for there cancer check ups; she does not want them to suffer like she has. Her wish is that cancer detection tests should be a national priority and that everyone should have access to affordable treatment. Emotionally, she feels very strong now and declares: “I do not mind my sisters not visiting me any more, because I have the CanSupport nurses with me.”