Rachana is now at home. Rachana’s leukemia is now down to 0% and the doctor is comfortable to move to the next phase of the treatment as an outpatient. The full biopsy report will be available in 4-5 days but the doctor made this call from the flow cytometry test. Starting next week she will start the next phase of Chemotherapy which might last 6-8 months. But for now, we are celebrating the success of the first phase.
The day started on a bleak note. Rachana was in extreme fatigue and was pretty upset with the rollercoaster she’s been through. The mouth ulcers were fine, the tummy ache was ignorable but she was just fully drained. She didn’t have the energy to express her happiness when the doctor told her that she could go home tonight.
If doctors and scientists could solve all our health issues, have a pill to keep us ideally nourished, have a pill to take care all alignments and their side effects, have a pill to keep us mentally balanced, have a pill to manage our intelligence and personalities…. what will we then become? Will we still call ourselves humans? Perhaps it’s these imperfections, these struggles, these setbacks and our efforts to overcome all that, that is the core of what it is to be human.
I read this is some book I can’t remember, maybe it was The Goldfinch; it said something to this effect – it’s the darkness between the stars that make the stars shine, it’s the silence between the notes that makes music. And so, perhaps a perfect life is not ideal; it’s our struggles that makes us more human.
Khalil Gibran will end this blog as I reflect back on Rachana’s past 4-5 weeks “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
P.S: I will be updating the blog on a weekly basis now. Thanks for calling, messaging, helping, thinking and praying for Rachana.