The railway station loomed larger and larger as Kalyani approached. At the edge of the platform, Kalyani listened for moaning tracks. A knot formed in her chest as the tracks started to creak. Vibrations rose under her feet, sending tremors through her body. Digging up her last reserves of courage, Kalyani moved forward, a train screaming towards her, and stepped off the platform.
Kalyani’s husband died four years ago, leaving her to finish raising their youngest son on her own. Working on a farm, Kalyani struggled to make ends meet.
One day, agonizing pain tore through Kalyani’s stomach and she was rushed to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed her with kidney cancer and immediately performed emergency surgery. During her week-long hospital stay, Kalyani’s niece came to visit; she prayed her aunt would experience the peace of Christ and know God’s vast love.
Days passed and the words of Kalyani’s niece evaporated in the face of Kalyani’s pain. Still weak and riddled with cancer, Kalyani tried to resume her motherly duties, but her broken body struggled to keep up—she had become a burden instead of caretaker for her family. Kalyani didn’t think she could talk to anyone, not even her sister or her sons, about how trapped she felt. Her sons could not take care of her; Kalyani wanted to release them from the pain of her presence.
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