Mr. Aatish Manna
In 2005, due to fever and swelling in my neck, I went to Doctor. At NRS- Kolkata, I was treated for 10 days. However after no relief in symptoms, doctor advised them to go to Mumbai. My uncle staying in Mumbai took me to Tata Memorial Hospital, where I diagnosed by “Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia” (Blood Cancer). The world came crashing down, my parents who reside in a small village of East Midnapur, WB had heard about Cancer the first time.
My Father is a farmer, I have four sisters and I am the youngest. My parents are illiterate they did not understand anything about disease and its prognosis. At that time I was only 12 years old and studying in 7th Standard, I was unaware of what I was suffering from and its seriousness.
It was my uncle who supported me in this crucial time. I came with my brother in law to Mumbai and along with him and my uncle I and took 6 cycles of chemotherapy and completed 2 years of maintenance. We came to know about CARF, from Tata Memorial Hospital. My brother in law immediately approached CARF. I was given financial help to cover all my chemo cycles. The Staff was so supportive, knowing that I have being away from home, they treated me with lot of motivation whenever I visited them he now I am very well only I am feeling more forgetful now days.
Money was the major hurdle during my cancer treatment as I come from a very humble background but it was because of CARF that I am completely fine today.
Today I am 21 years old and studying in 2nd year BSc. I want to complete my graduation and work and support my family. At CARF I learnt you must fight and survive, because life is beautiful.