Two weeks before Christmas a friend saw her doctor concerned about a breast lump she had become aware of. By its characteristics, the doctor didn’t think it was anything malignant, but, made a hospital referral anyway, saying she should be seen in about two weeks, by Christmas.
As she is on her own, I asked my friend if she would like some company for the appointment. I never received a firm answer. It transpired the appointment would not be for a month, they were busy with other patients, the hospital said.
Meantime, my friend emailed me to give her thoughts on what her problem was; these were her best hopes and were possibilities. She still did not say if she wanted company for the appointment, I did not want to push, and travelling 240 miles round trip without knowing what she would like, was really not viable.
Late last week, my friend was told that there was a 90% chance she had cancer. She felt dreadful, who wouldn’t. I was stunned. I have asked again what can I do for her. As yet, there has been no reply. Now what do I do?