20th March, 2017
MBRKK Syukbah Wanita's all-women Palliative Care Unit carrying gifts and assistance during their visit to Rusini's home at Kg Lapasan
By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM
KOTA KINABALU: A brave mum of four suffering from terminal cancer is hoping to bake biscuits and cakes to earn extra income for her family after receiving a new oven donated by the Syukbah Wanita Masjid Bandaraya during their recent visit to her home at Kg Lapasan.
For a moment, 36-year-old Rusini Bin Alidin forgot about her pain when she was greeted with gifts and hugs from volunteers of the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque’s (MBRKK) Syukbah Wanita Palliative Care Unit on their COTI programme and members from The Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu (PCAKK) in providing care for the terminally ill.
A dedicated mother to her three daughters and son, Rusini is battling stage four lung cancer and spends most of her time alone at home while her husband goes to work and her children are at school. She has just completed a gruelling course of chemotherapy but the disease has already spread to the brain and the bone and doctors have warned they cannot operate anymore.
Despite her condition, Rusini remains determined to supplement her family’s income because her nutritional need is becoming more limited and expensive; her body can only tolerate Ensure Milk chocolate powder.
“The bright smile on her face when we meet Rusini was an unforgettable moment, and it makes us happy to see that our efforts is motivating her positively,” beamed Chairperson of Syukbah Wanita Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (MBR), Datuk Hajah Dr Suzain Suhaimi, who heads the committee’s Care of the Terminally ill (COTI) initiative.
Rusini was overcome with joy and was also left speechless by a surprise gift of shrimp powder (bubuk) which she longed for handed over by volunteers who visited her family who has been living on an isolated house in Kg Lapasan. She also has been receiving aid and assistance for her specific nutritional needs provided by the MBRKK Syukbah Wanita Paliative care unit.
Meeting reporters, Dr Suzain said the committee together with nurses from the PCAKK visited Rusini to provide her financial assistance and a small oven to start her business.
“She is a very tough lady and it’s uplifting to see her determination and enthusiasm despite her illness which should inspire us and is something for us to appreciate,” said Dr. Suzain.