The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.


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Yvonne sat down in the kitchen whilst Margaret poured the tea then brought it in and placed it on the oval coffee table.

“Shall I be mother; said Yvonne?

“Go on then Yvonne.”

Yvonne poured the tea then put some milk into each cup; she knew they both didn’t take sugar so she just stirred in the milk.

There was a silence in the room before Margaret spoke.

“I’m really glad that you have come today Yvonne; I’ve got something to tell you.”

“What’s wrong?

“I don’t know how to say this, said Margaret with tears welling up in her eyes.”

“Just say it Margaret.”

“I found a lump the other day.”


“In my breast.”

“Have you been to see about it?

“No not yet.”

“Christ Margaret you cannot take chances like this; I want you to ring for an appointment right now!

“Do you think I should?

“Think; Margaret it’s your life we are talking about here you know; go get your address book.

Margaret searched for her address book, when she had found it she went into the index until she found the number.

“Here Margaret give me the phone; I will get you an appointment this afternoon.”

Yvonne rang the number and waited for the receptionist to answer.

“Hello I am ringing on behalf of my friend; she needs to see a doctor; she has found a lump in her breast.

“Can you give me her name and date of birth please?”

“Margaret Johansson; 25th September 1930.”

“Could she come in within the next hour?

“Yes she can; thank you very much.”

Yvonne put down the receiver then told her friend what the receptionist had said.

“Look you go and get yourself ready Margaret; I will go and change and go with you.”

Yvonne finished her tea; “right give quarter of an hour Margaret; no need to see me out.”

“I will give you a knock when I’m ready.”

An hour later they were sitting in the reception of her doctor’s surgery on Railway Terrace.

“I’m Margaret Johansson here to see Dr Gofton please.

“Go straight in Mrs Johansson.”

“Will you come in with me Yvonne?

“Yes of course.”

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