True Stories:
This Book:
Story 16

The story of

success story :
the outcome of Community Service Program| SEHER

“The story of Shubhangi "

picture of Shubhangi

Shubhangi, 37, stayed in Ganj Peth. She is a neighbor of one of the old clients of Seher. One of the field workers was enquiring about the old client, when Shubhangi approached her and inquired about the kind of work the organization does.

Shubhangi, came to us with many embodied complaints

- feeling fearful, irritation, anger, stress, worry, anxiety, discomfort in the chest, tension, feeling giddiness, headache, ‘pain in the head - brain’, burning sensation in the eyes, recurrent fever, feeling a sprain in chest region, pain in the ‘body nerves’, and pain around neck and shoulder region.

Shubhangi got married at a young age. She has 4 girls and one boy. The eldest one is studying B.ed., another is about 17 and other two are in 6th and 5th standard. Her son is physically very weak and studies in 2nd standard. Her husband works in the Pune Municipal Corporation.

He is addicted to alcohol and neglects the family. She did not have any relatives from her marital family. While her maternal family stayed nearby, she is not in touch with them. She has been taking medications for the past 2 years for her mental health issues and for TB as well. She was addicted to misri.

Her daily routine started at 10 in the morning, and at 12, at times. Her medications made her feel drowsy and lethargic. She would do all household chores. After packing off her children to school, she would cook for the afternoon and start her packaging work for the day.

This continued till 8 at night.

She would rarely take breaks in between as she had a designated amount of packing to be done on an everyday basis. She would then get back to household duties and finally went to sleep by 12, 12:30.

She hardly ever socialized with anyone, including her own children. Through the day her thoughts would be on like a nonstop train moving from one task to another- all related to things she had to do through the day,

the irritation of having to do all this, thoughts on not feeling appreciated enough, of feeling lonely, excessive worry about all her children, their future, her present condition, her health and so on

Intensive individual support sessions were started with her alongwith regular home visits and follow up.

Just the fact that someone was visiting her regularly, showing concern, enquiring about her wellbeing, supporting her emotionally was enough to re-instill confidence and hope in her regarding herself and her circumstances.She was introduced to a peer support group for women,

held once a week, in an angawadi close to where she stayed. She was among the most consistent members to this group.

The space helped her take out time for herself, move out of the house, meet and interact with others, share her problems with other women in the group, learn ways (together) to work on herself, take care of herself and open up to peer relationships.

With inputs received from groups and through the individual sessions she was able to work on her relationships especially with her children and with herself- establishing self worth and belief in herself were most useful for her.

The team also reached out to her husband and sensitized him on the need to support her emotionally.For her health concerns she was referred to

the Sonawane hospital for issues related to TB, general health and eye problems. The supporting team worker had oriented the DOTS personnel on the fears and stigma she had regarding her illness and the need for information, clarity on her condition, hope and reassurance that recovery was possible. She also needed to know the implications of her condition on her children.

She also benefitted a lot through the free homeopathy clinic that Seher runs, with the kind support of local homeopaths. The homeopathic interventions settled her physical health complaints and concerns. She found confidence in the homeopath, who did more than just prescribing her medications.

The doctor did supportive talk and reiterated the messages on wellness and hope to her. With several inputs from all sides, she was being gently nudged and guided to take charge of herself and foster the courage and optimism to change her life circumstances for the better

Even after sessions were closed she came regularly to the homeopathy clinic and occasionally dropped in to meet people who worked with her.

Shubhangi, as we know her today, really embraced life, and embraced herself

This was story 16. It is a true story.

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