Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Praises to the Almighty

When I opened my front door this morning, I was greeted with the sight of thick fog. The frosty morning with wet and slippery ground, however, did not dampen my spirits. My face was lit up in the brightest of all smiles as I cheerfully skipped across the road, holding 4 bags in one hand (Little D's lunch, reading bag, PE kit and lastly, a carrier bag filled with empty boxes to make instruments), and Little D's hand in the other. We were slightly later than usual but I didn't mind. For it seemed as if the world had frozen for us, allowing us to catch up with the hustle and bustle of the world's goings-on.


Minutes earlier, I had received a texted message from my second sister who resides in Kuching, informing me the results of our elder sister's PET scan and bone marrow tests. Alhamdulillah, praise the Lord Almighty, the results indicate that the affected parts are now cleared. She is free from cancer for now.


I was overjoyed. I was almost done with the children's breakfast and had already packed off their lunches neatly in their bags. Hence, I rushed to pick up the telephone and dialled my brother-in-law's number.


Kak Long sounded composed and humbled when I spoke to her. I knew that words would probably not be able to do justice in describing my sister's feelings. She was filled with gratitudes to the Almighty, feeling relieved as well as thankful to everyone who has supported her and prayed for her. It is all a test, I remind her. She has been blessed and given a second chance. Truly, only the line from my favourite surah of the Quran, Ar-Rahman, verse 13 came to mind: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that you deny?


In early June last year, my sister was diagnosed with 4th stage malt lymphoma. The beginning was actually this post and then followed by many more afterwards. When I accompanied her to the hospital, I did corner the doctor and tried to get her to give me the prognosis of my sister's situation. I guess, being the professional that she was, she said she couldn't give me one as malt lymphoma was not something very common. She simply said that the chance of survival was an honest 50-50%, and that even after my sister's 6 - 7 cycles of chemo, the chances of it recurring would still be high.
Looking back, I realise now that returning home last summer was perhaps one of the most wonderful thing that happened to us in 2008. It has taught me the meaning of relationships: with the Almighty, with family, with relatives, with friends, and with everyone we love or hate. In a relatively short period of time, I have learnt about the greatest hikmah, or advantage, of a disease called cancer. Although the deadly and eerie word can send shivers down one's spine, in actual truth it is a gift by the Almighty: a reminder that death may be so near, yet still a mystery (the actual date).
My late husband had the warning a month prior to his death. Some people get a decade. It all depends on each individual's rezqi. It is an opportunity that should be grabbed to reflect on life, to repent and to prepare facing the days ahead. Books such as Facing Death (mentioned here) and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch are written by cancer patients that make us think of preparations in the last days of our lives. Reading Raden Galoh's blog and the other cancer patients listed on her blogroll, as well as meeting this very charismatic woman (even brought her to meet my Kak Long) definitely helped me understand a little bit more about the journey of a cancer patient.
Allahu Akbar!
It is only Wednesday, and I have already been blessed with several good news this week (still awaiting for more good news!). This is the rhythm of life - sometimes melodious, and sometimes in need of some tuning. For now, what more can I say other than Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah...
Thank you friends, for praying for my sister's health and for our well-being. May Allah bless you all and place you in Jannah, InsyaAllah...

23 comments:

Naz said...

Alhamdulillah...

Roti Kacang Merah said...

your Wednesday is indeed a Hump Day!!! Alhamdulillah...

Kak Teh said...

alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah. We must all pray for each other. Happy to know that you are happy.

Lyana Mauseth said...

Alhamdulillah...

cikMilah said...

Allhamdulillah. Manisnya doa dan buah kesabaran.

Kak Elle said...

alhamdulillah D re your sister's result but we are not going to stop here our doas will continue forever.

ubisetela said...

Salam D, Alhamdulillah for the good news.

Oh, there's so much I want to read in your blog... I'll be back!

myheartbleeds said...

Alhamdulillah for your good news... it's good news to all of us too!!

You are right about the rhythm of life -- mine wasn't so melodious a week ago but hey!! I adjusted the tune and alhamdulillah walau tak semerdu mana, lagu cerita hidupku masih lagi berkumandang haha :o)

mama23beas said...

Alhamdulillah...it's great to hear that D. And I'm glad to know that you're happy too.

Raden Galoh said...

Salam sweet sis... Your sms about Kak Long's good news yesterday brought tears to my eyes. Happy sgt! Tried calling Kak Long a day before sbb lama tak dgr berita dia but she didn't answer. Maybe she wa resting, I thought. And yesterday, it's so relief to know that indeed she is doing well...alhamdulillah.

You take care and hig hugss from Malaysia for you always.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum

Dear D
Alhamdulillah. May ALLAH SWT bless Kak Long and her family.

-kak min-
(Kak Long's ex-roommate)

D said...

naz, faszt, kak teh, lyana, cik Milah, Kak Elle, ubisetela, myheartbleeds, mama23beas, raden galoh, kak min & other silent readers,

jazakallah... yes, the wonders of Allah has made me reflect more on life.

anggerik merah said...

Dear A,

Alhamdullilah. Really a good news to hear that your beloved Kak Long had recovered. Indeed it is a test of life. Opprtunity to reflect and repent. Honestly those cancer patient's blog and books has been my favourite reading as it make me realise that each of us will have to go through test of life. This in many ways help to boost my low level energy and the concept of Redha. For you my dear, much that I had learnt from your sharing too and I am proud of you! May Allah grants you with many more good news.

MULAN said...

alhamdulillah... alhamdulillah..

hope all is well..

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

Alhamdulillah. It's really scary and I pray that none of us have to ever face something like that anymore.

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n.i. said...

ALHAMDULILLAH!

Asmida said...

Glad to hear this, kak D.

al-amiNJ said...

Al-Hamdu liLlah الحمد لله

mad redo1 said...

Alhamdulillah.

the verse is a favourite of mine too.

Allahu Akbar!

maklang said...

Alhamdulillah...syukur kepada yang Maha Esa kerana rezki dari Nya...

Moga kita semua dibawah lindunganNya...dan moga kak long D bertambah sihat dan kuat..Amin...

KC lah who else said...

that is indeed one good news to start this year. alhamdulillah...sunshine!

k3na said...

Alhamdulillah..:)