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On seeing his relatives, he ran.
It’s time to discuss death openly.
It's a hot, brooding rainy afternoon in Mumbai as many of us TB nerds congregate in a small meeting room in a hotel in Mumbai. The room is filled with TB experts, doctors and government officials and our conversation is predictably dull. We talk about diagnosis, treatment and drugs. But the room comes alive as India's most famous TB patient Amitabh Bachchan walks in with legendary business leader Ratan Tata. Both of them are now "ambassadors" for TB control.
Recently a friend tending to his cancer-stricken father requested me to create a cheat-sheet for him -- a one-page list of what to expect and how to understand a diagnosis of cancer. I replied that the journey of every patient is different. Providing knowledge is the better solution rather than giving an answer that may or may not be suitable. Nevertheless, the conversation did spark in me the need to address caregivers around the world. This is my list of the top 10 things that every caregiver needs to know.