An Interview of my Best Friend with Cancer!When I chose to be a journalist, I knew I had to be brave, courageous and honest. But I wasn't prepared for all the emotional heartbreak it would bring along with the stories that I would cover. I had no time to mourn or sympathize, I had to move on to the next coverage, disregarding my emotional outbreak.
My Best Friend who was a popular singer was diagnosed with cancer. When I first heard the news, I was shocked to the core, I was unable to digest this news because "cancer" was always for someone whom we didn't know till it hit my Best Friend. We had shared many crazy moments, she was with me through thick and thin. She was at the peak of her career when she was diagnosed. It was stage 4 cancer, though she underwent many chemotherapies, in the end, all of it proved futile. Doctors gave up hope and sealed her fate.
She was a fighter, she never gave up hope. A cheerful friend of mine, who smiled even when she faced death. I got the privilege of interviewing her before she bid her final goodbye to this wonderful place.
I rang her up to check if she was fine to speak and give an interview, she gladly agreed to it. So I reached the hospital where she was taking treatment, I took all the precautions and wore the special garment given by the staff to avoid infecting her.
As I entered the room, there she lay on the bed peacefully, though she was pricked with many tubes and masks, she still remained very beautiful and calm. I wondered, how could she be like this, isn't she angry with God for putting her through this at such a young age?
I approached her bed and called her by name, she slowly opened her eyes and looked at me. I could see the glee in her eyes, the nurse helped her to get up and sit comfortably on her bed. She was ready to speak now. Though I would love to share the full interview, here I share an excerpt of the interview, which is just enough to lift our spirits-
What were your thoughts when you first heard that you were diagnosed with cancer?
To be honest, I was terrified and I could visually see my life crumbling in front of me because for me cancer was something which could happen only to others. Now to realize that I am that "other" to someone was hard to digest. It took me few weeks to compose myself and accept the fact.
What was your worst fear and how did you overcome it?
My worst fear was that I might lose my voice to cancer. (To which I replied that you still have the most amazing voice and requested her if she could sing a song for me. She sang this song "Haal Kaisa hai jaanab ka", a Hindi song originally sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar).
Any words of wisdom to your fans and readers?
Well, I may or may not live longer but I am grateful for the life that I have lived so far. Life is very unpredictable, its very important that every day, you live your life to the fullest. Procrastinating any work should be avoided at all cost. Always, always and I repeat always follow your heart, do what you love to do the most before you realize that you have lived half your life doing things that you never liked.
I still remember her very often, she passed away three weeks later after this interview. Her voice will live forever through the songs that she sang.
( This is an entry for TOWcontest).