Dying Diva…Friday Fictioneers: 2nd Feb, 2018.

“They’re not getting these!” Grandma  snapped, clinging to her diamond earrings. “Chopping away at me like I’m some sort of bonsai… Enough is enough!”

Catherine was determined to keep her ear lobes, and she sometimes wondered if that’s all she’d have left after the docs had finished chopping away. The virulent melanoma had spread its poisonous ugliness through almost every vein, artery and cell. There wasn’t much left of her anymore.

Yet, she hadn’t forgotten who she was… Madame Butterfly. She might not be able to walk anymore, but she still had her wings and she knew how to fly.

This has been a contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted b y Rochelle Wishoff Fields. We are required to write a 100 words in response to a photo prompt. This week’s photo is © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Have you ever been in a difficult spot where you felt everything was being taken away, but you took a stand. Drew a line in the sand, which you wouldn’t cross? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Back in my 20s, I refused additional brain surgery, largely out of concerns about losing my hair. They’d already hacked hair off the back of my head and this time, they wanted to put a probe in the front and shave more off. I’d had enough. Lucilly, I recovered without the additional surgery and ended up with a full head of hair.

xx Rowena

35 thoughts on “Dying Diva…Friday Fictioneers: 2nd Feb, 2018.

  1. The Urban Spaceman

    I love the strength and determination of your character. I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a similar position myself.. I can only hope I’d weather it with as much grace as you and Catherine.

  2. Sandra

    You’ve clearly had a journey, and made it through. Sometimes you have to trust in your own judgement, and your trust wasn’t misplaced. You captured the frustration here.

  3. Rowena Post author

    A relative of mine has been through this lately and used some thinly veiled humoured to refer to his treatments. I must send this to him.
    Hope you have a great week, Sandra.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Rochelle. Some of us are Christopher Columbus exploring the physical world, while others take more of an inner journey. Both take courage and ideally a good support crew.
    I have pulled back a bit on the blog recently as I’ve been researching 24 Irish Famine Orphan Girls who came from Midleton Workhouse in County Cork and were sent out to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme. My 4th Great Grandmother was one of these girls and I started checking out the girls she came out with and found quite a story…or collection of stories. I can get so caught up in my research that I lose sight of what’s going on around me and have pulled back on the blog as well. I am trying to get back into my general writing more now as I realize the research project is going to take some time and is more of a marathon than a sprint.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Good on you, Susan. These are hard choices and you really have to dig deep, pray and hope for the best. Great news it worked out well for both of us.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    You’re welcome, Varad and thanks for reading. I am not always in a motivational, all-conquering mood but am back on deck again now. I’ve had a dreadful cough for quite a few months and it was getting me down but has finally almost gone.

  7. Rowena Post author

    A great way of putting it, Dale. Keeping your dignity is so important no matter what happens to you. I remember when I went into hospital for the bith of our son. The matron said: “you leave your dignity at the desk and you pick it up on the way out.” Very good advice I thought.

  8. Rowena Post author

    Not always grace at my end, I’m afraid. More panic stations, doom and despair where hope is trying to rise out of the snow like a daffodil and remind me not to give up. All these ups and downs have definitely made me a lot stronger and less inclined to think the worst is going to happen and also more empowered to see how I can improve my chances.

  9. Dale

    Thank you, Rowena.
    And, in the case of a teaching hospital (like in my case) even more so. How many people can they fit into a delivery room anyway? 😄

  10. Rowena Post author

    Oh golly the teaching hospital scenario would be hard to deal with. I had an elective caesarian due to my health problems and we had private health insurance….and help from my folks. My Mum was in labour for 3 days with me as I was posterior and so we were a lot more cautious about letting nature take its course.

  11. Dale

    Ugh… 3 days! Nope…my first was an induction – water broke one month early; 2nd was a whole 4 hours beginning to end, no time for epidural or nothing!; 3rd, 6 hours in total… again, no time for painkillers….

  12. Rowena Post author

    Wow. You’re last two were speedy gonzales. A friend of mine had her second one at home it was that quick. Birth is such an unpredictable thing!

  13. Dale

    Big time. Though my cousin’s wife almost had hers in the movie theatre… she looked at her hubby and said: I “think” I’m having contractions… really? She never felt the pain…

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