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Staying married to nobody 2: a story on breast cancer

Dr. O.

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continued from episode 1.

“Shouldn’t you be in bed?” Rita finally asked little Tomi when she recovered from the shock, “I can’t sleep” he said starting to cry, “I think you should leave now” she said to Mr Seni. “It’s okay, I understand” he said, getting up to leave. “Promise me you won’t tell Daddy what you just saw” she said to Tomi once Mr Seni had left, “If you don’t tell Daddy, I will buy you plenty chocolates” she bribed him “okay but you have to buy it for me before Daddy comes back” he said with a huge grin. “I will” she replied, “but you must keep your mouth shut.”

Later that week, Jerry arrived from his trip warmly welcomed by his wife and children, “Daddy I have a secret but I won’t tell you” Tomi announced when they were seated at the table having their family dinner. “What is it?” Jerry questioned, “I can’t tell you” he said grinning mischievously “mummy said I shouldn’t tell you” “really?” Jerry asked looking at Rita who almost choked on her food, “Tomi stop being silly” she managed to say after drinking a glass of water, “mummy have you forgotten?” He asked clearly not moved by his mother’s scolding “you told me that I shouldn’t tell daddy that I saw Mr Seni putting his mouth on your own” he said still grinning,”You saw what?” Jerry shouted dropping his cutlery, “I didn’t see anything” Tomi replied obviously frightened by his father’s reaction. “Who is Mr Seni?”

Jerry asked, “I said who the hell is he?” He shouted banging his fists on the table,”it’s Tomi’s class teacher” Rita stammered, “the both of you to your rooms” Jerry shouted motioning to the children to leave. “Now can you explain to me what is going on here?” Jerry demanded still fuming, “I can explain” Rita said moving away from him for fear of getting hit, “I never slept with him, I swear” she pleaded as she explained how it all started. “I’m going out now to clear my head, I will be back in thirty minutes. I want you and all your belongings out of my house by the time I get back and if you still want to be alive till tomorrow make sure you don’t touch my children” he said slamming the door behind him.

Weeks passed since Rita was sent packing, Jerry had refused to listen to the pleas for forgiveness coming from her and all other family members, she had been banned from seeing her children and had not set eyes on them or Jerry since then.

One day a friend of hers invited her to church for a medical outreach on breast cancer which she decided to attend since she was still idle at the time,various medical personnel were in attendance and series of screening exercises were done to detect breast cancer, after she was through with her screening she was invited back to the consulting room to meet with one of the doctors, who started to explain “After all the screening exercises done, we found a lump in your breast which from all indications might most likely be cancer, however, we would not like to jump into any conclusions so we are giving you an appointment to come to our hospital for a procedure called a biopsy which involves taking a sample of tissue from the breast lump to determine if its cancerous or not” the doctor finished.

“Cancer?” Rita questioned, “how can I have cancer? I’m still very young” she said bursting into tears,”God why? Why is everything happening to me?” She wailed…

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.