“Mummy good evening ma”, he greeted her immediately he came in.
“Son, how are you? You’re home early from work?”
“Yes ma had to excuse myself and handed the rest to my assistant”;
“Okay that’s good; she said standing up”. Picking her bag from the bed she pecked Lisa; “baby I will see you tomorrow”.
Lisa smiled weakly and nodded.
“Gbenga take care”; she said walking out and silently hoping Lisa won’t tell him about their conversation.
His eyes still stayed fixed at the door as he sat on the chair beside her and contemplating if he should bring up the topic or not;
“You know the person you should be staring at is here right?”
“Yes I know”; he replied
He turned to look at her and like every day studied her to take in her physical features; he took her hands and planted kisses on them,
“You are beautiful”,
“Only my husband will say that”; she chuckled
“I love you Lis”;
“I know babe and I love you too”,
“Am sorry Lis”;
“Putting the option of the D and C on you and not seeking your opinion”
“But am not upset”;
“Neither are you happy”;
“Gbenga, a lady barely six months into her marriage is battling leukemia and the trauma of aborting a child is neither happy”;
She tried to sit up but failed; knowing what she was trying to do he stood up and helped her. As he tried to sit back on the chair she held him.
“You did not throw the option of the D and C on me Gbenga, it was a medical advice and we made the decision together. It was a medically right decision and if it’s wrong then we will take the blame together because babe we are one and I would love to fight for our future together”;
“I love you Lis”
* * *
With the look on the faces of Femi and his team; Lisa knew what was coming. She had been here before but today her body felt different.
Five years ago she had no energy nor reason to fight cancer but now she did; she needed to fight it for her marriage and the love of her life, even though her chances of winning this fight a second time seemed very slim.
She felt Gbenga’s gentle grip on her hands and her mother’s soothing fingers on her legs as they waited for word from Dr. Femi.
Lying down on the bed; she let their faces do the talking for her.
“Femi what’s going on?” Gbenga asked getting agitated
Femi contemplated breaking the news himself but he couldn’t bring himself to, he couldn’t say the words that was bound to break the hearts of his best friend and his entire family, clearing his throat he spoke;
“Gbenga, I think it’s better we let the attending oncologist explain the situation of things”
Dr. Rashid stepped closer; “am sorry Sir but after two months of treatment, both the chemo and radiation have shown no significant improvement, we can continue treatment but I don’t think it would change much. The leukemia is really aggressive Lisa, it could be anytime”.
“My daughter survived before and she will survive it again”; Lisa’s mum said angrily as tears made its way down her cheeks
“I’d fly her abroad”; the words escaped Gbenga’s lips and everyone turned to him
“Gbenga you can’t; she is too weak to fly and with all these attached to her body how do you intend to do it?” Femi replied
“So you are saying I sit and watch my wife die”
All eyes turned to him; not knowing what to say Femi looked away.
“Gbenga even if you do fly her out of the country the report will be the same”; Dr. Rashid said
He stood up and stormed out.
Lisa wondered if it was the right time to cry or the time to accept fate. Her heart broke at the fact that she couldn’t walk after him.