It was a sudden draft of chilly November wind that woke up Reha, with closed eyes she moved her hand under the quilt and then pillow to look for her mobile. What time was it? It couldn’t be day so soon. Mobile flashed 5 unread messages and 7 am. A snooze for fifteen more minutes is all she wanted but sleep won’t come back to her. Curled-up in the coziness of her bed, she wished if there was someone to make her hot cup of tea and serve it in bed, “I must get someone to do chores for me”, she thought.
Wait a minute; did I say I need a companion in form of a helper in this house? What has life come to?
Reha was 25 when she got an opportunity to work with BBC, Delhi bureau of course she grabbed it both hands and moved on for a life she always imagined. Chasing stories, interviewing top industry and political guns, international assignments, she couldn’t have asked for more… Best part was she got it all but everything comes at a price and she too had to pay one.
Reha’s folks encouraged her ambitions but never anticipated that she would eventually moved out to her own apartment. Gradually the family started to count her as someone who called or dropped by on special occasions. Relationships were never meant for her or like she puts it, “they are not tailor-made and I don’t like anything which is free size and for all stuff in my life”!
The alarm went off again, gosh! 7:45 am, when did I doze off, she switched on the news and poured herself a cup of hot Jasmine tea. While getting dressed she noticed the fine lines under her eyes, she remembered her mother who looked so beautiful even with her wrinkles. Reha thought, how come mom never cared to cover them up?
She hurriedly gulped a glass of milk and was getting ready to step out for office when her phone rang.
Reha, Good morning, this is Kavita from Dr. Nandini Jaiswal’s clinic you are scheduled for a visit today, this call is to confirm your appointment at 10.
Oh! How could I forget? Yeah Thanks Kavita, I will be there.
A few weeks ago while in a shower she had noticed a small pimple on her chest. Odd she thought, but ignored it. When it didn’t go even after ten days and started to hurt she realized it was time to see a doc.
Having read and done many stories on changing demographics of breast cancer she knew her lifestyle was a tick-mark against all risk factors for the early onset of disease
- Alcohol √
- Growing waist line √
- Hectic lifestyle and unhealthy diet √
- And Nulliparity or no kids √
To be continued