Short Story Essay

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Perfection of an Imperfect LifeLove. Commitment. Need.They are very strong words. "Do I comprehend the words scribbled above?" I turn away but sooner, I'll have to face my fears and answer that question. The clock strikes 6:00 pm. "Ms. Benividez", I whisper softly to the old lady who lies in the hospital bed. I extend my hand to hold her hand and kiss it. I made a mental note upon hearing her very ill condition that I shall never reserve a room for negativity. There shall somehow be a way to cure cancer. I never thought I'll be in a situation like this. It's as if, well probably, my faith is being tested by The Most High. I stare intently at the person who raised me, dressed me, nurtured me, took me to her arms when I was weak, hopeless, alone and an orphan. In that beautiful face of hers, lines and wrinkles start to appear. This must be just a test, indeed, but it's just so tough. Her chance of survival is not even more that fifty percent. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. It is cancer that starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon).It can invade and damage adjacent tissues and organs. The cancer cells can also break away and spread to other parts of the body (such as liver and lung) where new tumors form. It caused me extreme sorrow because her pain affects me. For two years she kept that from us until her condition got worse. "Please fight 'ma, please!" "You're going to be a grandma again in two months", I add as if she can hear me. Probably, I hope so.As she is still in sleep because the nurse was advised by her attending physician to sedate her because she cried and growled in terrible pain in the morning, her state weakens me. Yes, she may not be my biological mother but we share bond that is and even more than of those who are related by blood. The pain that keeps on flashing in every expression of her face hurt me more, yet I stay. I want to be with her every time she needs me. She had no family anymore like me. She became an orphan at twenty and never did she marry. A nurse enters the room and takes her blood pressure and temperature. Timely, my husband arrives and attends to me. "Ssshhh.. Every thing's going to be okay.", Jov, my husband, tries to pacify me. I cannot control my emotions no more. The situation is unimaginable. It feels like I'm dreaming yet not. After a few moments, the 'tension' stops, temporarily. There follows a long moment of silence. Later, Jov's aunt, the sister of the man who adopted him. Jov had his own story to tell. Not long after he was legally adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Aragon, the two met a fatal accident while on a business trip, so little Jov was left to the closest and only relative of the couple. His life didn't come easy because her aunt was no mother. At an early age he was forced to mature early and stand on his own feet-be independent. "Come on, we need to go.", he turns to Mariel, his aunt, "We're going now, Tita", he kisses the woman's cheek. Jov holds my...

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