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Parents Please Support Child During Treatment: Cancer Survivor

A teenager who has a dream of becoming an automotive electrical engineer has made a fresh call for parents to closely monitor their children who go through cancer treatment. Lymphoma cancer
15 Sep 2017 11:17
Parents Please Support Child During Treatment: Cancer Survivor
Rahul Narayan.

A teenager who has a dream of becoming an automotive electrical engineer has made a fresh call for parents to closely monitor their children who go through cancer treatment.

Lymphoma cancer survivor 18-year-old Rahul Narayan of Verata, Nausori, said it was vital for young patients who sometimes did not have a clue what was going on, to be informed regularly and monitored by family members.

Mr Narayan said he was grateful for his grandmother’s endless support during his diagnosis and treatment.

“I was scared when I was diagnosed in early 2004, because a lump started to develop in my neck and that was when I was just in kindergarten.

“Even though my parents were supportive, it was my grandmother who stayed with me every night and day; that is something I will always remember.”

Mr Narayan said he was grateful for the experience and had made himself available to volunteer with Walk On Walk Strong Fiji to help children who went through what he experienced.

He said he was grateful that the surgical removal of the lump from his neck had been done locally.

“Before I was admitted at the CWM (Colonial War Memorial hospital); I began to feel weak as the lump got more swollen and I started to lose a lot of weight,” he said.

“I’m really grateful to my doctors back then, Doctor Kim and Doctor Kado who removed the lump within the year 2004 but it was during my treatment that I saw another boy who shared the room with me, also diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Narayan said he chose to make changes to his lifestyle after his successful operation.

“Since my operation years ago, I have decided to live a healthy and enjoyable life and I plan to join the Fiji National University soon to pursue a course in automotive electrical studies and hopefully go and further my studies overseas in the future,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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