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.


9. 9

After a brief examination Dr Gofton took a blood sample from Margaret’s arm

After taking her blood pressure and her heart rhythm with a stethoscope; has asked he to come back to see him on Monday.

“That’s only four days away.”

“We need to act fast in these cases Mrs Johansson; Cancer can get worse in just a short time.

“Cancer said Margaret shocked.

“Yvonne put her arms around her friend as she broke down.”

“Look Mrs Johansson; technology has changed so much in the last ten years if we act now we may be able to save your breast.

“You mean I could lose it?

“I have to be honest when I tell you that in the vast majority of cases both breasts are removed as a precautionary measure.

“But I won’t be a woman anymore; my husband will not want me.”

 “Here are some leaflets for you to read Mrs Johansson; they will answer all of your concerns.”

The doctor ushered both women out of his surgery then made some notes before calling for his next patient.

“Bloody men said Yvonne when they got outside; how insensitive can you be.

“I suppose the doctor was busy Yvonne.”

 “There was no-one waiting in his surgery Margaret; he couldn’t wait to get rid of you.”

“I will come with you if you like next week.”

“Oh would you Yvonne.”

“You’re my friend; it’s the least that I can do for you.”

They took the bus back home but Yvonne asked Margaret in for a cuppa in her house so that they could both read the literature they had been given.

“I do not want to tell Tom or Georgie, Yvonne; Not until I have to anyway.”

“Don’t worry Margaret your secret is safe with me. I won’t even tell Nigel because I couldn’t trust him not to tell someone else.

During the cup of tea they read up on the diagnosis and surgical procedures involved in treating cancer patients.

“I must carry on as if nothing has happened.”

“I’m not trying to pry here Margaret but how are you going to dissuade Tom when he comes home expecting you know…..

“I’ve thought about that and I’m going to tell him that because of my irregular menstrual cycle; we have to abstain from sex until it clears up.”

“Never thought of that one; I will have to use that one on Nigel when I cannot be bothered with his sexual advances.

Margaret smiled then told Yvonne that she would have to go so she could prepare the dinner before her husband and son got in.

Yvonne hugged her friend and told her that she was just across the path if she needed to talk.


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