Bringing hope and solace to cancer patiencs

Publication: The Malaysian Insider
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09 Sep 2015 — Makna, the not-for-profit cancer council of Malaysia, organises home visits in every state. The home visits allow Makna to gauge the health of patients under its assistance. Patients wanting support register with the states’ Health Department and government hospitals, which will then be in touch with Makna. Patients receive an allowance which goes towards transport for chemotherapy treatments at the hospitals and medicine. The home visit team goes to rural, and semi-urban areas as many of the patients are from the lower-income group, or have lost income because of their illness. In some cases, they are abandoned and shunned by their families. They find solace and hope in the visits.

Sarimah Ismail suffers from rectal cancer and is in remission. Feisty and humorous, she looks forward to the day she can function like before as she ‘is bored being sick’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

A lorry blocking the road to a kampung is among the obstacles faced by members of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) during their rounds in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Ezuraimi Mohd Nor, 47, from Kampung Tasek Padang Kabar Bukit Payong, Marang, has been suffering from stage 4 breast cancer since 2014, and and has undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Books and treatment schedule of Esah Ismail, 53 from Kampung Wakaf Paya Besar Marang, who has been suffering from infiltrating ductal cancer since 2014. She has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 20 times. Her daughter, Natasha Mansor, 27, stopped working to take care of her. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya showing his abdominal scars. He gave up on conventional medicine and started on naturopathy which healed him. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya, 52, from Kampung Baru Rhu Muda Marang has been suffering from sigmoid carcinoma since 2014 and has undergone chemotherapy three times. He has had to stop work as a car wash worker. His son was also a leukaemia victim and died in 2007. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many cancer patients believe in the healing properties of soursop (durian Belanda). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Wan Kamariah Wan Othman, 42, from Kampung Teratak Baru Marang, has been a breast cancer patient since 2012 and underwent chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 25 times. She has also tried traditional cures, such as soursop (durian Belanda) and Sabah snake grass (daun belalai gajah). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

It’s a long day for the home visit team, but they do it because ‘we want to know if our patients are doing well. If we don’t visit them, we feel lost’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin, 49, from Kampung Jenang Marang, suffers from T-cell lymphoma (mouth and nose) and has since lost his voice. He has six children and undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin is truly a survivor. He has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 10 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.
Cancer is an equal-opportunity illness. It strikes anyone of all ages and backgrounds. Arif Hakimi Awang Sofa, 10, was struck with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali, 54, from Kuala Ibai, has been suffering from colon cancer since 2011 and has undergone chemotherapy 24 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali runs a roti canai warong in Kuala Ibai and is now in remission. He’s grateful to be alive and be with his family. ‘That’s all you can ask for from Allah.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

The communications team goes along with the home visit team to provide support. The Terengganu visit is just one of the many trips they do. ‘We do it because of dedication. No one else will.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak every month. They are with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2105.

Peek Chin Kok and his wife moved to a newer but smaller home to make ends meet. Chin Kok has been suffering from thyroid cancer and underwent surgery twice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many of the patients are delighted to receive guests. They often offer a drink or a snack. Mohd Badrul Hisyan Ngah, 36, from Kampung Pengadang Baru, is suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, diagnosed in 2013, and has undergone chemotherapy 12 times. His wife (not in picture) suffers from breast cancer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Ani Abdul Ghani, 59, from Kampung Pengkalan Atap Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, with his grandchild. Che Ani has been suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for the last 10 year and is still on treatment. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, with his wife Norlalieza Mamat, 36, (right) and stepdaughter Nuramiera Hadi, 13, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, is suffering from colon cancer. He was diagnosed in 2014 and has learnt to change his colostomy bag. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, died from colon cancer shortly after The Malaysian Insider chronicled his suffering. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.