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.