Never Give Up

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


At 5 a.m., the corridor echoed with the sounds of early morning hospital activity, footsteps hurried, hushed voices. 

“Don’t give up now Del,” I said to my sister. 

My thoughts drifted back nine years since her cancer surgery, she has not spoken above a slight whisper since.

She thought she had the flu, the next thing we knew we were at Massachusetts General. Her lungs were riddled with cancer. They removed one lung, bronchial tube and took a tumor off the other lung. They reconstructed her throat, but the nerves were damaged. She’ll never be able to speak. She’d never smoked. 

Earlier, I received her letter. She’d read about a procedure to restore damaged vocal cords. A Teflon injection that could restore her voice, immediate results if the procedure worked. I was excited.

We got entangled in many telephone calls. “Never give up” I kept encouraging.

Another visit to a very abrupt and busy specialist, insisted her insurance would not pay. Several weeks later I learned of her dilemma. I told her I would take care of the $1,500 bill. 

But then the Otolaryngology Society gave her an immediate appointment. They had a doctor that would do the injection and her insurance would pay.

That night I slept little. The next morning on her way to surgery she murmured to me, “The lord didn’t bring me this far to let me down now.”

When she awoke from the anesthesia, I heard “Hello Mickey,” in her old voice. I managed to hold back my tears and said, “They put a new song on your lips, praise the Lord!”

Sadly, the cancer returned. She continued working with an oxygen bottle for the last six months of her life, to provide her three young boys and husband a little insurance. 

 

 

 


Submitted: June 20, 2021

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