Christmas is just around the corner!
The chill in the air, the sparkle of Christmas lights, the sudden spurt of parties… all contribute to a buzz of happy anticipation that’s all too familiar at this time of the year!
As an oncologist, though, I must admit, my feelings are mixed.
On one hand I can’t wait to get caught up in the whirlpool of the Christmas spirit. But my heart goes out to those for whom this particular festive season will hold no cheer.
I’ve just been informed of the demise of a terminally ill patient who had been under my care for the past few months. I last saw her a few hours ago. She was lying in bed, gasping for breath; her daughter by her bedside, fiercely clutching her hand willing her to make it through the season.
There are others who have spent the whole year planning for a Christmas wedding or a festive family reunion and now suddenly face the distinct possibility of having to cancel and call off the respective functions.
So, while I extend a hearty Season’s Greetings to each and every one of you with a special wish for a great year ahead I’d like you to join me in sparing a thought and prayer for those not so fortunate.
I have added another section ‘cancer stories’ to the blog. The story I have started off with I had written over 15 years ago about a young girl with cancer. It’s based on an actual patient and was written during her treatment when her prognosis was poor. I felt it fitting to upload it now, just before Christmas, as it is one of those instances where the eventual true-life ending was far, far happier that the fictional one!