“What did the doctor say, Dad?
What is wrong with me?”
Jacob and Lucy were quiet. They were staring at each other.
“Mom, Dad I am talking to you.
Why is no one telling me anything?”
Lucy was in tears. Jacob was trying and controlling his emotions. Their daughter Carol was ill and they did not know how to divulge the news to her.
A few days ago, Carol celebrated her 18th birthday. Carol’s family had hosted a small get-together at home which included close family and friends. Carol had got admission to one of the best universities in the UK. She was an English major student. Hence they thought what better way to celebrate her achievement.
It had been close to two months when Carol suddenly used to feel uneasy. Initially, she thought that maybe due to stress because the last few months had been hectic due to exams and admissions. But as the days passed, she became more uncomfortable. She used to pop a few pills. Carol hadn’t taken the matter seriously.
While they were dancing at the party, Carol felt dizzy. Her vision was blurry and within no time, she collapsed. The next day, the doctor prescribed a few tests. When her reports came, her parents were shattered. The doctor had asked them to take her to the hospital for further treatment.
Carol knew that something was wrong with her since her parents had been acting weird. When they reached the hospital, Carol stepped out. She was shocked to know where her parents had got her.
” Dad, Mom, I have cancer? ”
Carol looked at her parents and was in tears. They were in tears too. Carol walked toward her dad and hugged him. I don’t want to die so soon dad.
” No darling, you won’t. That is why we are here to treat you.
You will get better soon. ”
” Mom, I want to live. ”
” Yes, baby you will. You will get better soon.
Girls’ night out is waiting for us.” Lucy winked at Carol. All three of them started laughing.
Carol was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After discussing with the doctor, Carol was advised to start her chemotherapy next week. She was strong and confident that everything is going to be all right and very soon she will be able to join college. She was not going to let her dream shatter.
“Hi, I am Ryan.”
Ryan, a management student, was suffering from leukaemia. His family did not have sufficient funds for the treatment. It was through an organisation that his treatment was taken care of as he was a meritorious student and had mostly completed his education through scholarship.
Ryan was also undergoing chemotherapy. While he was waiting in the lobby for his turn, he met Carol. Ryan had seen Carol when she visited the hospital for the first time. He could recognise her and hence he struck the conversation.
” So chemotherapy huh? ” Ryan smiled and asked Carol.
“No, I am on a date. Waiting for my boyfriend.” Carol snapped at him.
” Okay, I am sorry to bother you. Miss…”
Carol was not comfortable talking to a stranger.
” I know it’s hard. But then in such a difficult phase, why frown?
They say chemo works better if you smile. ” Carol smirked.
Carol introduced herself to Ryan and they began to chat. After their treatment was over, they were picked up by their parents.
Both of them were thinking about each other for the next few days. Coincidentally, their chemo sessions were on the same day and if they weren’t, they would fix it such that it falls on the same day. Within no time they became good friends.
The two of them supported each other mentally and emotionally. The two had found a reason to live.
” You know Ryan, I cannot be a mother? I am having my ovaries removed.
Cancer has spread beyond expected.”
” Oh dear, no worries you can adopt. You will be a great mother. ” Ryan comforted Carol.
Carol knew that she couldn’t make it but yet she tried to be positive hoping she is going to recover, marry and have a family.
Ryan’s health was also deteriorating. He needed blood transfusions. The two were admitted on the same day. They requested with the staff that after the procedure they would be put in the same ward. The staff obliged.
Carol was recovering. She soon found out that she would be discharged from the hospital. Carol was sad because Ryan had to stay longer and she could not visit him at the hospital as she was advised on bed rest. Ryan was happy for Carol.
” I feel bad Ryan, that I am getting discharged and you still have to stay here.
I will not be able to visit you often. ”
” Hey Carol, don’t worry. You are crying like this is our last visit. ”
” I love you, Ryan.”
Ryan was happy to hear as he too had the same feelings for Carol.
” I love you too Carol.”
Hoping I will make it out of the hospital as early as possible. ”
” You will Ryan. You will.” Carol kissed Ryan on his forehead and left.
Carol and Ryan spoke over the phone every day. They missed each other’s company. One morning Carol had a strange feeling. She wanted to meet Ryan desperately. If she had told her parents about it, then they would not let her go as she needed rest and hence without informing anyone she went to the hospital.
Carol was restless. She could sense it. Ryan’s bed was empty. Carol was in tears. The nurse approached Carol and comforted her.
” What is wrong Ma’am?
How may I help you?
Please be seated. Please tell me what happened? ”
Carol was about to reply to the nurse when someone kept a hand on her shoulder. Carol turned around.
” Ryan? Are you alive?
Yes of course I am alive.
What did you think? ”
” I saw your bed empty and thought that you…
Why are you dressed like this in white?
Like an angel. ”
Ryan started laughing.
” Oh. I am discharged.
I am free from my sufferings.”
” I am glad you are discharged, Ryan.
But I don’t know why I have that sense of anxiety Ryan.
My intuition never goes wrong.”
” Close your eyes, Carol. Close them.
Just hug me tight. I am right here whenever you need me.
I am your guardian angel .”
Carol shut her eyes tight and felt Ryan close to her.
” Ryan, Ryan, Ryan….”
“Sweetheart, what’s the matter?
Did you dream about Ryan? ” Lucy asked Carol.
Carol woke up from her sleep.
” Ryan is always with us.
You need to rest.
Close your eyes and go back to sleep. ”
Carol falls asleep again dreaming about her love.