The Story of Mariyamma


Mariyamma is an only child studying 6thclassin Ongole. Both her parents are daily wage earners and cannot go to work due to Mariyamma's intensive treatment regimen. They want to stay with heruntil is cured and have received the support of family members for the last two months.


Two and a half months ago Mariyamma started feeling a pain in her legs while at school. Her parents took her to an RMP doctor but the pain did not subside, so they took her to a government hospital in Guntur. There the doctors told her parents that Mariyamma has a small tumor in her stomach. She was admitted for fifteen days after which she was referred to Nilufer Hospital in Hyderabad. She stayed there for another 25 days where a biopsy was done to confirm cancer. Next Mariyamma was referred to MNJ where routine tests were conducted again. At present Mariyamma is suffering from pain and swelling in her legs and is under the MNJ Palliative Care Treatment. For the past two months her parents have left their jobs to be with her. They know about the PNET diagnosis, and are hoping that it will be cured.


Both of Mariyamma's parents work but both of them have left their jobs to be support her recovery. Her father sells ice-screams and her mother is a coolie. The family depends on their relatives for financial support.


Both the parents fully understand the illness and are worried about their daughter's condition. Earlier Mariyamma was a very active child who happily attended school, but all of a sudden she was attacked by cancer. Now both her legs are swollen and she has to depend on her parents for every little thing. Her parents are extremely worried about Mariyamma's condition.

Mariyamma understands her diagnosis. In the past two and a half months she's been moved around toseveral hospitals making her anxious and unsure about being cured.She feels lucky that both her parents are very helpful and caring but feels bad that she has to depend on them for even the smallestthing.It's hard for her to see other patients in the hospital suffering. She explained: "When she was in 3rd standard, my mother left my father and went to my maternal grandma's place. From then on my father and my paternal grandmother took care of me. Now I'm in class but my mother only visited me twice in the mean time. My parents had some misunderstanding and got separated. But after my mother came to know about my illness, she came back home to live with my father. In one way I'm happy because my illness brought my parents together again."


Everyone is happy with Mariyamma's treatment and progress. IMPACT provides financial help for them to cover their travel expenses and medications.