Feeling Like Her Old Self Again

Feeling Like Her Old Self Again

Patient: Mrs. Sarita Sharma

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Palliative care incorporates a holistic spectrum of care – medical, psychological, social & spiritual.

When we enrolled Sarita, she was in excruciating pain which disabled her to do the most basic activities, or even get out of bed. 

She had not been told by her family that her cancer was beyond cure. They were afraid of how to tell her and instead, entrusted the PALCARE team to break the news to her.

We gently broke the news over several visits. After the initial sadness and frustration had passed, she asked the team, “does this mean I don’t have to take chemotherapy anymore? I was not allowed to apply make-up because of the chemotherapy and I really like dressing up.” She immediately got out her make-up kit and asked Sr. Minal to help with applying nail polish. 

She said that thanks to the pain control and the news that she could dress up again, she felt like her old self and was happy. She passed away soon after.

*Patients’ names, on this and following pages, have been changed to protect their identity.