• monika daswani

I only have so much energy.

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

I only have so much energy.

What should I do first?

Can a cancer patient really care for herself?


It was 4.30 am on the 17th of January. I was in Pune. It was cold. The phone rang, and when I picked it up, I heard my daughter softly say, “Mum, I have been diagnosed with breast cancer.” A cold shiver ran down my spine. All I could comprehend was that I had to reach her. She needed me.

That was then, and today, on the 27th of August, beside her since

February, I still say, we both need each other.

The journey through cancer and its treatment is long and bumpy. There is only so much that a patient can do. As she battles her symptoms to keep afloat, she has no energy or mental power to attend to her personal needs, leaving aside the physical upkeep of herself or her surroundings.

As a caregiver I would like to share my experience as I walked with my daughter.

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