My Cousin Is Sick

I received some terrible news before Chinese New Year that my cousin Sook Mei has been diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer.

Last night, while I was at the Children Workers Conference in Glad Tidings Petaling Jaya, I received an SMS from my uncle bringing further distressing news.

The doctors are unable to operate to remove the tumor because her arteries are blocked. I don’t really understand why that is so, I wonder if any doctors can clarify for me.

Update: I had not gotten the latest information. The tumor had been removed, but she is having blocked arteries in her legs and pelvis. She is now under the care of a cardiologist.

Update 2: Doctors managed to remove 10 inches of colon, but there are still many tumours around her liver, and it is suspected that cancer cells are causing her blood to clot. Right now this is the biggest danger to her life. She is now on blood thinning drugs, pain killers and sleeping pills.

Yesterday the doctors at the hospital have given up hope, and they have sent her home.

Tonight some of my relatives will be driving to Penang to be with them.

She is a Christian, but the rest of her family aren’t. She just got married two years ago.

Only a miracle can save her now.

I’m feeling really sad. My face looks longer than a papaya.

15 thoughts on “My Cousin Is Sick”

  1. Sorry to hear that hope miracle happens…
    Maybe she can try chinese herbs now…
    Can I ask you how old is she ? Young age ?

    Adino: She’s in her early thirties.

  2. I did my master in HKL, focusing on colorectal cancer. Those surgeons I worked with were the best in the country as far as colorectal cancer surgery is concern. I suggest your cousin to be referred to them. One is Prof Yunus Gul and another is AP Faisal Jabar.

    May God be with you.

    Amutha.

    Adino: Thanks, I will forward your suggestion to my family. My cousin is in Penang, so I’m not sure if she is able to make the trip down.

  3. Sorry to hear that. I believe He (God) has his own plan on her, let’s pray hard…

    Adino: We are all praying hard. Hope you (and your church) will join us in prayer.

  4. I lost my mother the 14th of February to cancer. I am so sorry to hear of your cousin’s illness. Do what you can to make her happy and comfortable in these trying times.

    Adino: I’m sorry to hear of your mother. Thank you for your advice.

  5. This is the other side of life: tragedies. I sympathize with you, Adino, for such an event…

    If it’ll cheer you up a little bit, notice that today is “pi-day” (03/14 as in 3.14).

    Best wishes for your cousin’s family, Adino.

    Adino: Thanks. I didn’t notice it was pi day

    πŸ™‚

    Did you know that the value of pi in the bible is calculated as 3, not 22/7?

  6. I’ve heard of that before, somewhere… (In a related topic: some people actually want to “force” pi to be 3 or some other “ideal” number with flawed “proofs” because they think it looks better and makes them famous.)

    Adino: πŸ™‚

  7. It is apparent that we have a hope that is great despite of what has happened. Its good to know she is a Christian. Yet it is always hard when someone is leaving. Be encouraged brother and be encouraging to her and her husband as well. Because We Can Cry With Hope.

    Adino: Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Sorry bro I meant its sad to know someone is possibly leaving. My cousin was also diagnose with leukemia and so is Andy. We are praying hard for them. Don’t give up praying. I will keep her in my prayers

    Adino: Thanks.

  9. i’m sorry to hear that… your post is somewhat related to my recent post.. it’s important to get a clear understanding of what’s going on from the doctors who are treating her, they have every responsibility to explain and to offer her the best possible treatment. Although medically, advanced stage of cancer is almost always hopeless, but do keep praying for her.. you’ll never know what our great God can do. Will keep her in my prayers as well.

    Adino: Thanks for the advice and your prayers.

  10. Hi, you don’t know me… I’ve been reading your blog just a little bit, and I actually enjoyed your entries. I hope you don’t mind my commenting, especially when you don’t know who I am. I am so sorry about your cousin and will keep her in my prayers. The Lord is comforting her in His arms.

    Adino: Hi You Mee, thanks for your kind comment.

    Of course I won’t mind you commenting. In fact, I hope you comment more often so I can get to know you more πŸ™‚

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