A Changing Force in My Life

Monika Ahuja was diagnosed with a sarcoma of the left leg that eventually metastasized to the lungs and brain. Eventually as the truth unfolded to her that life is limited, she was unable to discuss with her family her thoughts about her illness due to their reluctance to accept the inevitable, and she started to convey through her songs how broken she feels inside and how deeply she wishes that this suffering will come to an end. She sings songs preparing all those dear to her of how to live and move on in life without her. Such preparedness for death is breathtaking for the author and the rest of the hospice team, and it makes them wonder if they would be able to prepare for their own death in the exemplary manner that Monika is setting. Monika has very strongly reinforced the lessons of life to the author, who wants to pass them on to family, friends, and all those working in health care.

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