Glass half full
My mother was diagnosed with secondary cancer
last December. The doctors didn't know where the primary tumour was
(bad news as we quickly found out) and it wasn't operable. They
didn't say anything very precise, except that it was serious; I
heard 'months', my mother 'years.' One doctor tried to be
philosophical (and helpful), citing the adage 'Don't put off
anything you want to do, live every day as if...' Through talking
to friends we heard about another doctor, different hospital. We
wrote to him. When we saw this very charismatic doctor and his
colleagues, it was a surprising – and transformatory – experience.
My mother ended up having an operation and more chemotherapy. They
removed as much of the cancer as they could. There is a 50% chance
of it returning. My mother has a glass half full mentality so this
is prognosis is rather apt – and very encouraging, considering the
news last December. The latest scan shows no sign of cancer. We
could not be more thankful to all those concerned. Whatever
happens, we are thankful for the here and now.
Fiona Holland, London. 2010–2011. For Professor Martin Gore and
his team, and the surgeons at the Royal Marsden.
Illustration © Melanie