- When Dr Nadia Chaudhri was told that her Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer had returned, hopes of getting better dwindled
- With a six-year-old son who will soon lose her, she was forced to sit him down and explain
- He did not receive the news well at first, but he has since accepted and is learning to live with the information
One of the biggest wishes on every parent's mind is to live long enough to see their children mature into adults.
It is heartbreaking when a parent has to come to terms with the fact that her time on earth is running out and the child can no longer be kept in the dark.
That was, sadly, the case with 43-year-old Dr Nadia Chaudhri who was forced to reveal to her six-year-old son that she is suffering from stage 3 ovarian cancer and will soon die.
She shared the news on Twitter the day she planned on having the emotional talk with the youngster.
"Today is the day I tell my son that I’m dying from cancer. It’s reached a point where he has to hear it from me. Let all my tears flow now so that I can be brave this afternoon. Let me howl with grief now so that I can comfort him," she wrote.
It has been a year since Chaudhri started treatment for cancer, a period that has seen her undergo a hysterectomy as well as chemotherapy.
Despite her spirited attempts to emerge victorious, recent news that her cancer had returned forced the neuroscientist and professor from Montreal, Canada to accept the harsh reality.
"Once ovarian cancer returns, it is considered a terminal diagnosis. There is no treatment. You’re just buying time," she said during an interview on Good Morning America.
Chaudhri added that she and her husband had to make the painful decision of informing their son that mom's treatment was failing and her days were numbered.
According to her, the son has been aware all along that she has cancer and undergoes chemotherapy frequently, but they doubted he knew how grave the matter is.
"One of the things my son said was, ‘I wish I didn’t know. I wish you hadn’t told me'," said Chaudhri after the talk.
She explained that they had to make the young one understand that he had to be aware so that he is not caught by surprise.
It would also give him the opportunity to ask all the questions he has for the sake of closure.
"I’m so glad we did it because he needed to hear it and he understood right away what was said. It just worked out well even though it was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had," she expressed.