Gentle Warriors: Alpa’s Perspective

I hope I’ve done correct with her, that guilt is still there…..sometime we feel we know everything….and at times we feel no one is giving us right advice

Alpa,  a working woman and a homemaker, was suddenly thrown into the role of a caregiver when her mother was diagnosed with cancer.  Being the only child living in the same city, she took on the responsibility of looking after her mother.

Her mother was considered a healthy individual so the news came as a shock to them and Alpa had her mother tested several times and consulted numerous doctors.  Once they accepted the diagnosis, Alpa started researching on the internet for treatments, she spoke to people who experienced the same disease, consulted several doctors for opinions, she did everything she could to put her mother on a treatment that was going well.

Unfortuanetly an infection led to her deterioration, leaving Alpa helpless and confused.  When she saw her mother giving up, it left Alpa feeling low and depressed.  Hoping for a miracle they put her mother on a ventilator too.  After her mothers death, Alpa was filled with guilt. She still wonders if she made the right choices when it came to her mother’s treatment. Alpa believes in sharing and taking good advice from those around her and that with proper guidance, situations can be handled better.

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