Today morning dawned with everyone in my family waking to two important things.
One, determination to give the crisis at hand a tough fight. Better than what we estimate our strength levels at.
Secondly, realisation that we are stuck in quicksand. Every move has to be careful, quick and efficient to be able to come out of the quandary, victorious.
Over the weekend, the doctors had hinted to us the gravity of mum’s illness. All of the specialists consulted, had the same opinion on examination. Though, definitive diagnosis was postponed till we had all the test and biopsy results in hand.
The diagnosis has been established that the lump in mum’s breast is a malignant tumor that needs surgical intervention at the earliest. The stage is advanced, yet operable.
That was about establishing diagnosis, which is actually the stepping stone to a very difficult path ahead. I hail from a very small city where specialists in Oncology don’t exist. To get her the best available treatment in oncology, besides correct assessment of the metastases (spread of cancer in body) and outlining a treatment plan that targets the tumor cells most efficiently we need to seek treatment at the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai.
I have never been to Mumbai and the only times my parents have been there was a couple of decades ago for a day or two. In short, we have no knowledge or extended family in Mumbai to help us in this very difficult period.
If you are from Mumbai or are well versed with the city, please help me find answers to a few basic questions to help us prepare for our stay while mum undergoes treatment at the Tata Memorial.
- The best places to live around the Tata Memorial Institute for the patient’s attendants. The stay is definitely going to be a minimum of ten days with no limit to the maximum. So we are looking for accommodation that we could perhaps rent, as our major part of the day will be spent in the hospital premises.
- If anyone you know has sought treatment at the Tata Memorial and you would like to hint, share or warn us about any particular thing to take care of, your valuable experience is most welcome.
- We are looking at maximum ten days from today, when we’ll be in Mumbai. Anything in particular you could think of that we must bring along. Seeing to the heavy rains and even otherwise.
- How do we request a wheelchair for the passenger while purchasing the domestic flight ticket (online) in India?
A heartfelt thank you for all the good wishes, prayers and positive vibes all you wonderful people sent our way. I will be updating this space often to seek help, keeping you all posted and for the sake of my own sanity.
Please leave your valuable comments below or if you please, write to me at theerailivedin(at)gmail(dot)com