Friday, May 16, 2008

The Best Birthday Gift For Azura - Updated.

My eldest daughter celebrated her 33rd birthday on 10th May 2008. Husband Jo came back with with a friend Jais and his wife the night before. Azura's office mate Farizad and Sharmila came over too and stayed the night but didn't stay for the cake cutting ceremony.

Holidays are small affairs in the family until of late when the grand childrens birthdays are celebrated regularly.

Azura was then still waiting for her second biopsy test on 15th May at Hospital University Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu.When the day came I followed Azura and Jo for the appointment with Dr. Nik Mohamed Zaki Nik Mahmood at USains HUSM. We were there sharp at 3.00 pm but it took a good hour before we were led to the office of Dr.Nik at O & G Clinic.

The place was quite deserted except for a group of nurses and attendants having some sort of meeting. Dr Nik was assisted by an assistant. There were two other patients before Azura. They were at the late stage of their pregnancy.

When Azura's turn came, Dr. Nik had ample time to chat with her hubby Jo before realising that the result of the second biopsy was not there. A frantic search found the result to have been sent to the ward. Not wanting to waste more time Dr. Nik asked the personnel on the other end of the line to read the result.

From outside I could hear the word 'non malgnant' was said by Dr. Nik who was speaking in another room. When he returned to his room and conveyed the 'non malignant' confirmation to Azura and Jo, I can't help but poke into the room to repeat the word 'non malignant?'. Dr. Nik invited me in and we were introduced. Jo told him that I am his father inlaw and my profession as a 'blogger'.

Dr. Nik Zaki confirmed the biopsy result but cautioned Azura to leave a certain percentage of possibility of relapse. He wants Azura to comeback after 3 months for reexamination, a request she was just too happy to comply.


I made a request to photograph the good doctor with my daughter and family to which he said yes and also a yes for me to put the picture in my blog.

A happy Dr. Nik with an even happier Azura with her family.

Immediately out of his office I called my wife Fatthiyah of the good news and smsed all those friends that came to mind and whose numbers were listed in my phone. Azura called all the siblings and her close friends to inform them of her good fortune.

When we reached home, a greeting card was waiting for her. It was from Daphne Ling. Azura immediately posted a thank you note on Daph's blogsite.

Raden Galoh and Tokasid reminded us to say a special prayer to thank Allah the Almighty for the good fortune.

After Friday prayers I will continue this blog to tell you how we missed the part of the operation that led to this turn of event.

18th May 2008

It had been a hectic 2 days since I posted this entry. We had decided to hold a solat hajat kesyukuran on Saturday afternoon immediately after the zohor prayer. So immediately after the Jumaat Prayers on the 16th, we started moving the furnitures around to make room for the house to accomodate some 30 people to pray.

Due to the task at hand I had reneged my earlier promise to explain how we missed the operation the removed the malignant tumour. Tokasid being a medical doctor was spot on when he said that the tumour was removed while they were doing the second biopsy by doing a conical biopsy.It was done on 21st April 2008 after Azura had profuse bleeding from the tumour. We were assuming that they were just suturing up the bleeding point to arrest the bleeding. It was only after we met Dr. Nik Zaki on 15th May that we realized that he had removed the tumour by doing the conical biopsy. In Dr. Dzul's (Tokasid) own words:

the 2nd biopsy( most likely cone biopsy in which the suspected area is removed in a cone shape) showed no malignancy.

To all friends and readers, I would like to say thank you for all your support and prayers.

I will not be responding to all of the comments on this blog as I normally do. I am overwhelmed by emotion whenever I read those comments. All I can say is thank you.

Let us consider this chapter closed. Life has to go on. To all other sufferers of this disease, I will always offer my prayers for you to be well. Its the only way I can do to payback the kindness that you have offered to my daughter and us the family members.
A small feast of nasi dagang after the solat hajat kesyukuran and tahlil.


Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Pak Zawi
Good ... no, great news, Alhamdulillah! I'm so happy for Azura and the family.

Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Pak Zawi
Terlupa pulak ... Happy Birthday, Azura!

edelweiss said...

Pok Awi,

Alhamdulillah syukur kepada Allah s.w.t.


selamat hari lahir...berita yang menggembirakan ini adalah hadiah hari lahir yang paling hebat... :)

take care

Mohd Yaakub Mohd Yunus said...


Uncle Zawi, good neews indeed..alhamdulillah thanks to Allah the almighty...

Send my salaam to Azura & family. Happy belated birthday to her.

Please visit my blog

Akob Affin

Raden Galoh said...

Salam PakZawi, Zura and all...

AllahuAkbar! This is HIS power to make the impossible possible...

Last nite reading your sms I wept and last nite I did the prayer of gratitude for giving me the chance to hear and witness the good news. I told Zura that she is the one yang sembuh I pulak yang lebih sudu dari kuah ni...hehehe

btw, Zura's shares similar birth date with my dad...of course tahunnya lain...

Happy belated birthday Zura...this is a new life...more meaningful for you...enjoy it and semoga lebih banyak rahmat Allah dan kasih sayangNya menerangi hidup Zura dan keluarga...amiiin.

take care and salam.

Thank you for informing me.

mamadou said...


Happy to know Azura have the best birthdays's gift. Alhamdulillah. Thanks also to Jo for his utmost patience

en_me said...

wah, bergumbira sumer family gittewww..

sYaNa said...


Good news indeed :o)

Happy Birthday Azura (belated) :o)

Hussin said...

Sdra Zawi,

Alhamdullillah. Syukur kepada Allah swt. Saya tumpang gembira anda sekeluarga. Sure could do with the good news as in the past month the wives of one of my current staff and another of my previous staff were confirmed having breast cancer.


Anonymous said...

salam sir

nice family you have there. great to know your daughter is ok. May Allah continue to bestow you and your family with everlasting happiness.

Azura said...

Dear all,
Thank you for the warm wishes. I am very thankful to the Almighty for the second result which came out unexpectedly non malignant. Thank you for the prayers and doa from all and also the staffs, doctors of HUSM. I can't thank enough. I am going back to Puchong on 24/5 and start working on 27.....Tq to Kak Dalilah, selalu sms me, giving all the encouraging words, Doctor Hasanah who visited me twice when i was warded, Daphne who sent me the lovely greeting card. Indeed, it is the best birthday gift ever.

Gurindam Jiwa said...

Alhamdulillah. Congratulations. She made it.

And Happy Birthday, too, Puan Azura.

Akmal said...

Alhamdulillah, indeed a very good news; to all of us, to all your family members and moreover to kak Azura herself.
Oh yes, to Kak Azura, Happy belated birthday :)

jaflam said...

Salam Zawi,
Shukur kepada Allah kami turut gembira.

She needs to be strong and healthy at all times to ensure no relapse in future. Take care.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Syukur Alhamdulillah, praise be to ALLAH. It is indeed a divine birthday present. I am very happy for you Azura and to you Pak Zawi whose strength is inspirational.

mrs.lim said...

Such wonderful news. I am so happy for Azura and all of you. Praise the lord.

mrs.lim :)

tokasid said...

Salam Pak Zawi:

After the initial scare, the 2nd biopsy( most likely cone biopsy in which the suspected area is removed in a cone shape) showed no malignancy.

This is the best birthday news for Azurah and the best present she got was the total love from her family.And this is also the best hari ibu present for your missus.

Before I forget: Happy Birthday to Azurah.
Happy mom's day to both Azurah and your missus.
Happy Teacher's day to your missus.

mrs.lim said...

Here is a belated Birthday wish to Azura.

Dear Azura, may you be healthy, happy and pretty always..

mrs.lim :)

p/s : going home now. having a terrible cold.. all breathing vessels seem to be blocking up..

pakpayne said...


AlHamdullillah....syukur !!
Dan SubhaNallah....maha besar Allah.

I am ver happy for Azura and her family, and i am happy for you!!


cakapaje said...

Salam Pak Zawi,

Alhamdulillah...tak tahu apa nak dituliskan. Salam to Azura and her family. But please don't forget to fill the details preceding this as you mentioned.

Has said...

Pak Zawi and Azura,

In every challenge there is an opportunity or more. By the threat of malignancy, Azura hopefully will remember to take care of her body’s immunity. The book, Cancer Naturally cured, includes a story about a lady whose malignancy – ca cervix - just appeared and disappeared with the state of her mind. Good read for Azura.

Then for you Pak Zawi, it is good to adopt the lesson, albeit vicariously. Cancer is a damned difficult condition to control. Kalau nak banding dengan gout tu rasa saya nak control gout teramat senang. There is no reason why you should be having it. Take care of your diet and you’ll take care of whole degenerative illness from coming your way.

Thanks for the call and take care.
Nice pic of Pak Nik with Azura and family.

Nightwing said...

Helo Pak Zawi,

Thank the good Lord for this wonderful news.

Happy Belated Birthday to Azura.

Take care now and may God bless you and your family always.

Zabs said...

Salam Zawi,
SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, AllahuAkbar.
Saya pula baru menjadi datuk hari ini. Cucu sulung, lelaki, lahir jam 7.15 pagi tadi. Alhamdulillah, ibu dan anak sihat.

Rita Ho said...

Azura ... Belated Birthday Greetings! Also, welcome to the "Winners Against All Odds" club. :)

Zawi ... Congratulations on your new click-click-clickety toy! It sure has many features and promises publication worthy images.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

ok, i'm always the last to arrive but never too late to be part of this joyous moment, Alhamdulillah syukur padaNya. like everyone else, i'm happy for Azura with this great news. You have a friend in all of us, Pn Azura. keep that in mind. and Pak Z, you deserve a good rest too sir. have a great one instead!

Zawi said...

To all friends,
I am sorry for not being able to respond to every comments in this post. Trust me my family and I really appreciates whatever thoughts you all have for us. Your prayers and wishes as well as our own was heard and Allah has granted us. Let us be grateful to him.
On behalf of Azura and the rest of the family, I thank you all.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Dear Zawi.

All I can say is Syukur Alhamdulillah. I am happy for you and your family.

Allah SWT telah memakbulkan doa hambaNya,

It has been a trying time for you and your family but you've shown strentgh, fortitude and patience in facing the test put before you.

My salaam to Azura and your misus. You take care.

kak ton

The Ancient Mariner said...

Pak Zawi,

Belated best wishes and Syukur Alhamdulillah that all is well.

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Alhamdulillah, syukor pada Allah.

J.T. said...

Hi Zawi

I am glad things turned out for the best. Thank God!

I am so happy for Azura and your whole family.

P.S. I am back to blogging again after a long break.

Zawi said...

The Almighty must have answered our prayers.
Welcome back from your break from blogging. I am still at half steam on blogging since I still have to care for Balqiss. That is why I don't blog hop much lately. Will be back to normalcy after 3rd June after I have sent Balqis to their parents in Labuan.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Sorry for taking so long to leave a comment, and thanks for mentioning my little gimmick *Bangga*...*Lol*

I'm very glad that Kak Azura's results were negative. I'm sure you are all sleeping a lot more soundly now!

Take care, keep in touch and God bless...

Zawi said...

Yours was the only card that came. The rest were all wishes on the blogsite that really set you apart. How I wish we are back to writing slow mail hahahaha.
Yes life is back to normal now. There is no more the trepidation of what will come next. I am most grateful to the Almighty and friends who keep praying for mu daughters goodhealth. It was indeed a change of fortune for the better.
We will definitely be keeping in touch.

anasalwa said...

I'm a little late for this post, but what a wonderful news and lovely birthday present for Azura. Happy Belated Birthday Azura.

Zawi said...

You are never too late. Only that Azura has gone back to Puchong yesterday cos she has to start working again tomorrow. I will tell her to read your comment. Anyway on her behalf I would like to thank you for the gretings.
It is indeed a great gift from God himself.

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