Dear friends and family, The fight against cancer goes on.
My name is Siddiq Mohideen (26) a good son, an assistant professor and a new father (a week old).
As most of you are aware, I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 16 years old, faced the disease head on and By God’s grace and my family’s support, I had fought through with chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant etc and was given “clear” and it has been 10 years now. From then I thought this was the 2nd chance in life and I should make use of it. During these 10 years, I managed to finish my high school, an Engineering degree and a Master degree in Engineering as well. Worked as a junior engineer in prestigious projects like the Metro Rail project in Chennai to gain experience in the real world after which I started working as an assistant professor in an Engineering college close to home.
After the yearly checkup for any recurrence and had been given clear, I thought this is the time to settle down with a family. Met my wife in early 2016 and got married in late 2016. Life was going OK, a decent job, my wife and her being pregnant with a due date to be 1st week of July 2017. What more do you want?
But God had alternate plans, I guess. Suddenly I fell ill on the 1st week of June 2017 with a severe throat infection. Went to the doctors and the diagnosis was “relapse of the horrible disease leukemia”
All I could think of was my unborn child and my wife. Why me?
Sent my heavily pregnant wife to her mother’s, telling her it was just a throat infection (didn’t want to stress her out during the pregnancy) and I am going to the see the specialist at the hospital who knew my medical history.
Packed my bags and started the journey to the same hospital (CMC - Christian Medical College & Hospitals) like 10 years ago with my dad(retired now) to support me.
The doctors at the CMC were surprised to see this rare recurrence after such a long period of time but the shocking news more than the cancer was how much it’s going to cost for the bone marrow transplant & Chemo treatment. 75 lakhs.
The thoughts that went through my mind were
1. Should I put my dad through the same stress as 10 years ago? Well, at least then he was working and had some family properties to sell for the 1st treatment, but now?
2. What about my wife and child? Would they be ok? Did my health ruin the lives of my wife and child? etc etc..
With a heavy heart, told my dad, forget the treatment, let’s go back home and let fate decide. My loving dad refused to give up and asked the doctors to start the treatment. Bless him, Love you dad and my mom of course.
Here we go again, Shaved my head!
The chemo went on for 3 weeks plus all the nasty side effects, yet I am determined to see my son who was born on the 4th of July 2017.
I am fully aware that these treatment do not offer a cure, but they could provide me with extra years with my son. Please donate what you can, this is life saving treatment for me and my family and we are extremely grateful.
I pray to god for everyone’s good health. I kindly ask all of you to share this message and thank you from the bottom of my heart