Universally there's one word around which we inevitably skirt. With good reason. Its meaning fills us with dread. We prefer calling it by another name to soften the blow. The Big C.
Well, the word came up in a skin specialist's surgery of late. Two growths tested cancerous and needed the knife. Mine. Although small potatoes compared with the more serious life-ebbing ones suffered by so many, the word nevertheless came like an uppercut, leaving me dazed and sweaty.
Now I really have appreciation of the fear and trauma experienced by victims when given the often life-changing news.
I've survived the operation and thankfully the cancers were successfully removed. And it's thanks to the surgeon's professional hands and the anaesthetist whose sedation prevented me feeling any pain during the sensitive procedure. I was conscious enough to hear the repartee taking place between the theatre team. In fact, it was jolly entertaining.
They even touched on politics. When Ace Magashule's name came up, I swear I felt an extra few tugs on the stitches to my nose. See, nobody is exempt from being badly affected by a notorious politician.
OK, so they left me with a face reminiscent of Rocky Balboa after being pulverised in ten gruesome rounds. Bloodied bandages added to the frightening scene. But it's a small price to pay for having the horrible disease expunged.
Over the years I've known numerous folk who suffered the disturbing news of cancer and in most cases they've come through it - months of chemo or radium causing nausea and fatigue. I wondered how they were able to survive the relentless badgering to their bodies. I still wonder.
So I stopped feeling sorry for myself. After all, it's only my looks compromised. My Heidi reckons I must thank my lucky stars I look more like Rocky than Frankenstein or the Mummy. I managed to get one fan. I thought it prudent not to tell of a theatre sister who called me her "koala bear".
Whether it was a term of endearment or she simply played me, I wouldn't know, but in the scary precinct of an operating theatre it sounded good. And according to Google, when koalas feel threatened they can chase humans a long distance and then bite and scratch them with the help of long sharp front teeth and sharp claws.
So I'm not just a pretty face.
Posted on: 10:59 Thu, 03 December 2020
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