Lived Experiences of Mothers with Leukemic Children Residing in Kathmandu


  • Mankeshari Maharjan1 , Lalita Rai2 , Sharada Acharya3



Leukemia, lived experience, qualitative research.


Childhood leukemia is one of the expanding non-communicable diseases in Asian countries including Nepal

with significant mortality and morbidity. The main objective of study was to explore lived experiences of

mothers with leukemic children residing in Kathmandu. This was a hermeneutic phenomenological study

conducted in 2017. Ten participants were selected purposively from hospital record of Kanti Children’s

Hospital,Nepal. In-depth interview guideline, case study method, digital recording and field notes were

used for data collection. Data was analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and ATLAS.

ti 7 software 7.5.7 version. Five major themes emerged: Socioeconomic Burden, Alteration in Life, Crisis

Situation, Coping Strategies and Optimistic Attitude. Initially, mothers experienced distress, disbelief, denial

and gradually accepted the condition. It has created distressing adverse impact on life. Hence, an educational

package and counseling should be provided focusing on disease, child care and coping strategies to make

aware to mothers and prepare them physically and emotionally.

Author Biography

Mankeshari Maharjan1 , Lalita Rai2 , Sharada Acharya3

1 Lecturer, Bir Hospital Nursing Campus, Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2Associate Professor,

Maharajgunj Nursing Campus, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal, 3Lecturer,

Bir Hospital Nursing Campus, Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal