I vividly recall the week of my mum's first chemo. The drug hardened her veins and it took at least 6 tries to get the needle in. Mum is a person who can withstand pain and she described it as burning liquid coursing through you. As if to add insult to injury, I saw patches of hair on her pillow. Tears streamed down my eyes, knowing that this woman who was very proud of her hair was losing it to C. Both mum and I cried together when I brought her to have her hair shaved off. As if pain from the operation or the chemo wasn't enough. C had to take my mum's dignity away too.
C is like the unknown vigilante, a terrorist if you may. You never quite know when it'll strike. The fight against cancer has been an on-going one at Velo Velo. Mother, uncle, aunty, classmate, friend... People closest to us have been attacked by this terrorist. And while the patients are in pain, so are the caregivers. Except for them, it is emotional pain.
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