He was watching the doctor closely. From the first day, the doctor was always serious, never smiled. He remembered reading somewhere that Oncologists never smile because they lose a large percent of their patients. He wanted to see the doctor's reaction to his biopsy report.
The doctor quickly scanned through the report and came to the end where it read "No indications of Lymphoma". A slow smile creeped on to the doctor's face. The wrinkles vanished and the room became pleasant. "I am happy to say that enlargement of your lymph nodes is not due to Lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease. It is only due to Tuberculosis".
You see, lymphoma is a type of cancer and Hodgkins disease is the disease that fells Matthew, Kane's friend in the novel Kane and Able. So both the doctor and patient were happy that it was only tuberculosis.
It was probably the only occasion when a doctor was happy to inform that the patient had tuberculosis.
No this is not an attempted short story, this is a true life incident. The patient was me, and this happened when I was 22. The company doctor who had diagnosed first gave me six months. I trust my instincts too much, and my instincts told me that it was rubbish, I didn't feel like I was going to die.
But it was hard for my family members. During the two weeks between biopsy and the results, I was the only person in my home who laughed.
Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy due to Tuberculosis was so easy to get cured of, just tablets for 9 months and another X ray and I was cured. As simple as that.
Though I wasn't afraid of the disease, the incident left a stong impression on me. Everyday is to be enjoyed now, as I am living on a bonus lifetime. Enjoy Life.