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Cancer

I met Renu at my friend’s who happened to be her parents’ neighbour. She had a calmness about her that is difficult to describe. I was extremely perturbed when my friend informed me that Renu was suffering from cancer. My visits to my friend’s place became frequent as I wanted to meet Renu often. I could feel something bonding my soul with hers.

I learnt that Renu had been diagnosed with cancer a year after her marriage and that was the turning point of her life. Life till then had been sailing smoothly but her husband’s indifference to her medical condition left her shocked. She could not believe that he was the same loving person she had been living with for the past one year. Multiple trips to the hospital were draining their resources and her husband was unable to cope with her illness. A few months of the turmoil rocked their relationship, they were separated. Renu was left devastated. She had been abandoned by her husband in the most crucial phase of her life. The mental trauma had overtaken her emotional distress and she was fighting for survival without any support. She went back to her parents who did the best that they could offer her in the form of emotional support and financial backing for her treatment. She knew she was dying and the betrayal of her husband had taken away her will to live. Her story moved me and I felt disgusted with her husband’s behaviour.

She was returning from the hospital when I met her first. We met briefly that day but the bond grew gradually over time. We soon became best friends and I wanted to be her emotional support that she was craving for. I accompanied her to the hospital each time and tried my best to stand by her in those trying times. Months passed by and we made our best effort to pass through those difficult times but God had His own plan for Renu. A year later Renu died of cancer. I was left heartbroken. I had been praying all along for her survival but she had to go. I tried my best to make her happy and was present with her throughout the time that she survived. Life came to an end for me as I stood there watching her pyre burn. Life had lost its meaning for me that day.

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  1. Shobha and Shobha, you are right, this is very moving. Renu would have definitely taken care of her husband if the situation was the other way round and yes, she would have lived longer if her husband had supported her.

  2. Very sad… “She had been abandoned by her husband in the most crucial phase of her life. The mental trauma had overtaken her emotional distress and she was fighting for survival without any support.” maybe if Renu had got some emotional support and love from her husband and his family – she would have survived for some more time, lived happily – Had it been the other way around – if her husband was ill – Renu would have taken all the best efforts to keep him surviving !!

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