For cancer survivors, this woman is a 3 am friend!

On International Nurses Day, Jyoti Shinoli, profiles Shubhangi Pawar, who goes the extra mile to be family, a friend, a mother, and embodies hope, to cancer survivors.

For cancer survivors, this woman is a 3 am friend!

Ma, Aai, Amma, Mummy. The all-familiar term for mother.

Those are the many ways in which cancer patients address Shubhangi Pawar, a nurse at Mulund’s Fortis Hospital.

It’s the smile on her face, the calmness in her manner and her warmth that make patients forget their stress and the sheer physical pain of being a cancer patient.  In fact, Pawar (42), a resident of Kurla, is more friend and family, than a nurse.

“Patients believe that cancer means death. The painful chemotherapy, radio therapy, and everything else that embraces the treatment of cancer can be depressing and all I do is console them; tell them that not to lose hope. It’s a phase of life, don’t be sad and negative, I tell them,” says Pawar.

Hardened by 20 years of service, the story of 48-year-old cancer patient, Vidha Jha (name changed), can still brings tears in her eyes.

“I can’t forget Vidha Jha, a blood cancer patient. The cancer has relapsed. This was in 2015. It was my birthday and I got a call from her husband that she wants to meet me. Since she was on palliative care and could not recognise anyone, except me. I stayed with her till midnight and the next morning she was no more. I was family to her,” said Pawar.

The mother of a son, 19, and a daughter, 15, Pawar often sacrifices her holidays for her patients. At least 20 cancer patients are admitted in day care every day and many of them are regulars, while six cancer patients are admissions. Almost every patient has Pawar’s number and they can pick up the phone and talk to her at any time, just like a 3 am friend. Patients told My Medical Mantra, that it never irritates her.  Ever.

For cancer survivors, this woman is a 3 am friend!
Shubhangi Pawar with one of the patients who she has taken care of

“I consider it my duty to serve a person in pain. I often visit patients at their home because I believe my responsibility towards them does not end at the hospital. What if they want to share their sorrows with me? I have to be there for them as their health is very delicate,” said Pawar.

So, why did she become a nurse? Her 73-year-old-father Chandrakant Parab motivated her to become a nurse, she says, and he is a proud man today. “Nursing is a field where one can bring positivity in ill people by understanding them and nurturing them. It’s a noble profession and my daughter is part of it, what else do I need!” he beams.

Priyanka Bandhkar (57) who is being treated for multiple myeloma cancer for the last four years says that she comes to the hospital happily, every week, just to see Pawar’s face.

“She is like source of happiness for me. Cancer is not a small disease. You need to have an immense amount of patience to bear that pain, those side effects. And you can trust people to make negative comments and demoralize you. It’s not cancer, but other factors that kill you,” said Bandhkar, a Kandivali resident.

“Counselling is also a part of our treatment, but nurses spend maximum time with a patient. So, it’s very important that you see a happy and motivating person around you. I get lots of positive vibes from Shubhangi and yes, this is helping in my treatment,” Bandhkar added.

Dr Shubhprakash Saniyal, haematologist and BMT Physician at Mulund Fortis Hospital vouches for Pawar. “She is is a good team leader. Personal interaction with the patients does help in their treatment”.

  • All above information his really true.
    Because I know her and she is very much smiling and energetic personality.

  • Khushnooma

    Sister Shubhangi, besides being a caring person, is also excellent at her work…an injection from her would feel no more than a butterfly touch. Truly an inspiration for many!!

  • Shine Anil

    Truly commendable job. Shubangi you are an asset to the organization. Keep up the good work.

  • Jincycheriyan

    Our sister is great model for us..her smile makes the patient cure and for us also her encouragement is neverending..all the best sister

  • vaishali

    Shubhangi indeed is more than a Nurse.Her patient counselling approach and ever smiling face gives lot of positive energy and psychological support while patients are going through their painful chemotherapy.Not only she takes care of chemotherapy administration, but also ensures that each Patient is completely satisfied with all other services of the hospital. She creates complete homely environment that patients feel comfortable and help them to build up will power to fight with cancer.

  • Elizabeth David

    Proud of you Shubhangi. Keep up the good work. You are a role model to many.

  • Vibin

    We, fortis nursing staffs r prouds of u,u r a gud role model 4 us….keep smiling…

  • Laije Anand

    Sr Shubangi’s commitment towards her patients is commendable! Keep up the good work!!

  • Heena patel

    She is very caring and helpful
    She is eversmiling person
    She is just like a family
    I am very well experienced about it.
    When my father was suffering from cancer and was undergoing the major chemo therapy she use to take care of him like a daughter. Thank you sister.
    All the Best!!!

  • Sunita saldanha

    I know Shubhangi from the first day of her nursing day. My roommate. I have seen patients when they interact with her. It is a touching moment as if they r interacting with someone very dear. May. God bless u.

  • Reshma BM

    Sr.Shubhangi,My inspiration to work as an oncology nurse!! Motivation from her encouraged our team to work more than what we just gained from our salary.. Grateful faces of cured people and their blessings make us still alive.. Best wishes dear sistr.

  • Ashish Khale

    Shubhangi sister is indeed a very sincere and caring person who gives that much needed strength and hope to a person in pain. The smile on her face and her warmth truly spreads a lot of positive vibes around her. She is certainly more a friend than a nurse to her patients. Wishing her all the very best in life. Keep smiling!

  • Nikita

    Sr. Shubhangi, really Proud to read your story as nurse adding value to many lives, bringing hope to cancerous patients, truly inspiring, god bless you..

  • Biswadeep roy

    Sr. Subhangi is the best.

  • Chitra jadhav

    Yes i can say our incharge sister we saw her in many faces but all in that we feel she is mother of us she keep us updating , motivating,loving ,caring she is our sheild of oncology hats of to her

  • Sudhir Naik

    Thank you for taking care of my mother during her time at the hospital. I can never thank you enough for your patience and kindness to her. Our family will always remember you. Even if you are tired from your shift, you always have a ready smile for your patients. Thank you for being an amazing and caring nurse. My sincere thanks to you for all the care and love that you showered on my mother during her surgery.

  • Harshal Gaikwad

    Sister Shubhangi is like sister, mother, friend to every patient who is admitted under her observation, she makes family members totally relaxed and worry free, she has an amazing talent of care and love. I truly admire her and is an inspiration to me…best wishes to you always Sister Shubhangi!!!

  • Naik Rajesh

    Thank you for being an amazing and caring nurse. My sincere thanks to you for all the care and love that you showered on my mother during her surgery.

  • Shubhangi gole

    Well done shubhangi keep it up

  • Suresh Sabrad

    Humble, Caring, Dedicated, Loving, Kind, Smiling , some of the Adjectives that refer to ShubhangiThank u ✌

  • Suresh

    Great job Shubhangi, keep up the good work, spread the smile & proud to be a nurse.

  • Dr narayani

    Sis shubhangi is indeed the epitome of care and compassion.she is able to connect with every patient and work at alleviating their distress.
    In spite of giving so much of herself she never has a down day or down moment.
    She lIves with a lot of zest.always smartly turned out with a 100 watt smile full of energy that is our shubhangi.
    We are blessed to have you as part of the fortis family
    god bless you.

  • Josena Josekutty

    I know Shubhangi sister since 2012.. She has done a remarkable job in the field of oncology. I congratulate and wish her in all the kind deeds she does daily. Patients forget their pain by just looking at her because of the pretty smile on her face. Keep up the good work sister.

  • Firdous Mishra

    Sis Shubhangi is very kind humble caring cheerful and energetic personality. Proud of Sis Shubhangi & keep up good work.

  • Pallavi joshi

    I m very happy for sr shubhangi.as a role model for me.she is my x incharge cum my very best friend cum sister. She is always with me in my sadness and happiness. I m with her in onco dept for 5 yrs of my life journey. It is a very good time of me for my life. Till now it is my second home. I come for duty. First i go there. See her and ganpatis smily face , then start my duty. God made perfect person for onco dept pts and relatives and for me also. God bless her for continue her duties with love. I love you.

  • Prashant Parab

    ohhh its really true….sister shubhangi..ma real sister.my Mai……m feeling proud that i m your bro. apart from her professional life…she is the same kind of person who is always very helpful, energetic, caring and on top of that she is a gud human being. keep doing grt work sis. Best Luck.

  • Hemalivora

    Good work she is doing now she is nd will be my insipiration forever

  • Sushant c parab

    With love we calls her Mai because she is Equal to Aai (mother) from whom we get motivation and energy.
    Love you sister.

  • I m very happy for sr shubhangi.as a role model for me.she is my x incharge cum my very best friend cum sister. She is always with me in my sadness and happiness. I m with her in onco dept for 5 yrs of my life journey. It is a very good time of me for my life. Till now it is my second home. I come for duty. First i go there. See her and ganpatis smily face , then start my duty. God made perfect person for onco dept pts and relatives and for me also. God bless her for continue her duties with love. I love you.

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  • Leena Correia

    Her SMILE work wonder for not only friends around her but also patients too…. We all have to learn from her.God bless!

  • lybinjohnson

    Our sister s great…She is very supportive and motivating n our works…The positive attitude towards the patients makes them feel happy..Keep it up sis ..May God bls u..

  • Dr sneha

    Great work shubhangi sister u r really deserve this, smiling face , caring, and helpful nature that’s indicate u , u r like my family and thank you for every thing

  • Sheeja

    Not only sister but like mom for us thank u so much , best wishes

  • Sunila

    She is energetic smiling and always ready to except new challanges great work onco team

  • Nissi Mathew

    Congratulation sister for the awesome feedback you got from all the people you deal with in your day to day life…it matters more than anything in this world, to bring a smile on the faces whom we come across in our day to day life…The reward is from our God for our good deeds we do in this world.God bless you more in days ahead.

  • Dr Upasna Desai

    She’s really good

  • Pearl Cruz

    It’s nice to see media is acknowledging the nursing contribution to health care. It’s said, a nurse probably cannot cute bit she can certainly care. It’s this ‘care’ that is the only thing that patients require when hit with disturbing diagnosis. I have know Shubhang personally. I am glad to see that her patience, sincerity, hard work and commitment towards her patients has finally been acknowledged at a larger platform. God bless you Shubhangi. May you be an inspiration for many of our young nurses.

  • Pearl Cruz

    It’s nice to see media acknowledging the nursing contribution to health care. It’s said, a nurse probably cannot cure but she can certainly care. It is this ‘care’ that is the only thing that patients require when hit with disturbing diagnosis. I have know Shubhang personally. I am glad to see that her patience, sincerity, hard work and commitment towards her patients has finally been acknowledged at a larger platform. God bless you Shubhangi. May you be an inspiration for many of our young nurses.

  • Poornima Sonkamble

    Sister ur a great inspiration for all other budding nurses. it was really nice working with u. glad I had some learning experiences from u.

  • Princy Mathai

    Shubhangi sister your service is really commendable..I remember those wonderful days we worked together as a team..ur smile itself is more than enough for patients recovery and the care and the concern u show for Ur patients and Ur staff is praiseworthy…miss u a lot sister .,

  • Sandhya Ajith

    Sister shubhabgi.. You are a role model for me… Congratulations… And god bless you alwz…
    Back bone of our Chemo Dept…

  • lybin johnson

    Sister s very supportive and the interactions with the patients and positive attitude makes them feel happy…Great job sis..We r very happy ..Keep it up sis…God bls u..

  • Mariya Manoj

    Proud of you Shubhangi. Keep up the good work. You are a role model to many.

  • Leena Correia

    Her SMILE is a gift from God which is cure without medicines​…Stay blessed!