“Have a smile even when life gives you a 100 reason to cry. “ Unknown
Mother’s day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in the month of May. This is a day to show appreciation and put a smile on all mothers’ faces. However, when your child is going through cancer or a life threatening blood disorder treatment, being pampered or having a smile is the last thing on your mind.
Portia Marinana is a CHOC social worker, under the Psychosocial Services Programme. Her team provides psychosocial support to the children and their families from the time of diagnosis until the end of treatment. As a person who witnesses the sacrifices made by mothers of the in-patient at the M3 paediatric Oncology ward she decided to take them out for a picnic on Mother’s day. Some of these women leave the comfort of their homes and sleep on the sofa alongside their children’s bed and never complain; some even quit their jobs due to the long treatment duration which is anything from three months to three years to focus on the patients.
“I decided to spoil the mothers of M3 paediatric Oncology ward for a few hours,” says Portia. “This day was for the mothers to get to know each other and to take a break away from the ward, have a bit of fun and feel special and appreciated.” Portia clarified that, “After two hours of fun exercises, lunch, singing and dancing, we headed back to the ward with big smiles on their faces,” says Portia with a huge smile.