I spent more time in hospitals than playing with my friends in the park. I could list names of cancer drugs more easily than the names of my friends. When I laughed, it made my mother cry. All this changed when I started coming to the Day Care. I feel myself returning to my normal self and living every day….. and my mother is at peace with my illness.
The thing I find so special is that I get to see people as they really are, and I can be who I really am. There is no pretense, just honesty and trust. The obvious pain of those I interact with helps me to confront what is real and essential in life. Being able to support families who are often exhausted, stressed and having difficulty accepting what is happening with their loved ones is a very humbling experience.
CanSupport’s Day Care facilities provide community support through volunteers to patients and their caregivers who come to Delhi for treatment.
Day Care for Children
Children undergoing cancer treatment as well as their parents and siblings can visit our Day Care centre every Monday. Volunteers pick them up from Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital (IRCH) at AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals, and they spend a day filled with positive, life affirming activities such as art, craft, dance, storytelling and music. Meanwhile, their parents/caregivers get a chance to meet counsellors and fellow caregivers in the supportive environment of the Day Care centre.
A Nutritional support program offers children a daily breakfast and nutritional supplements. Children and adults alike enjoy a delicious lunch before they return to the hospital for their appointments. Festivals and special occasions are also celebrated throughout the year in the Day Care with great verve and gusto. A library and a non-formal education program keeps children in touch with studies while they are away from their homes.
Day Care for Adults
Fridays are reserved for the Adult Day Care. Volunteers pick up patients and their caregivers from the dharamshalas outside AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals and bring them to the Day Care for an enjoyable interlude in between treatments.
Patients are offered alternative healing practices such as yoga, meditation, visualization and music therapy. Volunteers are always ready to lend a supportive ear to hear their stories, share their pain and joy, talk and laugh with them. After a nutritious home cooked meal they go back feeling relaxed and cared for, having spent a pleasant day out at the Day Care.