Birmingham International Airport, 29th March 2015, 1040hrs
Sometimes you wish your life is simpler. Study, get a job, get married, simple pregnancies, have kids, you love your in-laws, they love you back, your parents love your in-laws, and they love them back. Health, beauty, love. Everything.
But no. That’s not the deal.
If our lives aren’t complicated, how are we ever going to help others in need?
Then I thought of all those patients, and their carers, that I have met throughout my career.
Like that lady. Divorced. Ten children. One had serious brain injury during an accident, now bed-bound, unable to talk, move, having many episodes of infections. On top of that, she has another son who has been epileptic since childhood, with some learning disabilities.
That man, almost blind with diabetes. Could barely do much because of lethargy as his kidneys weren’t good. Has one disabled son. Wife works part time. Even have another unemployed sister staying under their roof.
Or this man who just had a stroke. Wife is away in another country, working for a living. His other family members away in their hometown in a neighbouring country. Only friends around.
Or this loyal elderly man, who took care of his wife, ill with terminal cancer. He is thin, frail and unwell himself. Day in, day out.
Or this lady, whose husband had terminal cancer. Three young children. The man passed away the night before school reopens on a new year.
Cousins and friends with multiple miscarriages.
Friends with debilitating illnesses.
Those friends with broken families.
Everyone suffers for something. Somewhere in life. That is for sure.
All the courage needed to face another day.
All the strength needed to say “I will be ok.”
All the energy spent not giving up, because life just needs to go on.
All of that is not without any reasons.
One of it is, because we need each other.
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