Shirley asked if her husband had been informed and the nurse said that she would contact the council right away.
It was twenty minutes later when Catherine stood talking with the doctor.
“Your mother has stomach cancer Mrs Arthur.’
“Is it treatable?’
“We will organise a course of chemotherapy for your mother but do not build your hopes up.’
“Do you mean that she could die?’
“The survival rate from this type of cancer is very rare Mrs Arthur until we have completed a scan we wont know how advanced the cancer is.’
“Can I see her?’
“Yes she is in the ITC unit down the corridor and then to your right.’
“Thank you Doctor.’
Catherine walked down the corridor until she found the ITC unit then gave her name and asked to see her mother.
Catherine went behind the screen and her mother was sleeping. She looked in a sorry state as Catherine pulled up a chair and sat by the bed as her mother lay sleeping. There was a drip and several monitors in the room as Catherine looked at her mother.
Catherine had been sitting over half an hour when her eyes opened and she saw her daughter.
“Cath’ you came she said weakly.’
“I’m sorry mother, I should have come to see you long before now; I’ve been so wrapped up in my own business.’
“It doesn’t matter; you’re here now.’
“Have they told you anything dear?’
“No she lied, they are still doing tests so you are going to be here for a few days yet I expect.’
I was bleeding heavily; that’s why they sent me here but I was hoping that they would let me go home so I could get your father his dinner made.’
“Don’t worry about that mother; father will be here soon; the nurse told me that they had rang him at work.’
“By the time he gets home and changes it will be around two o’clock before he gets here.’
“Have you had anything to drink since you came in?’
No not yet; I don’t like to bother the nurses, they are rushed off their feet.’
I will go and get you a nice cup of tea and a sandwich.’
Catherine left the room then made her way to the canteen area; she spotted her father then asked him to come with her to the cafeteria.
“She broke the news to him and he was visibly shocked.’
She got him a cup of tea and they sat together talking for about ten minutes before heading back with a tray and a small pot with some tea and a ham and tomato sandwich.
Her father kissed her mother as they went in then joked that she only came in here to get away from him for a few days rest.’
She drank her tea and ate one of the sandwiches which her daughter had bought. Shirley gave the other to her husband who she knew would not have had time to go to his mothers for dinner today.
“I think that you should have a clean shirt ironed in your draw Maxie but you will have to sponge that one out if they are keeping me in here.’