Cancer

Met an old classmate I haven’t seen for 10 months for lunch today. The shocker came when I asked him how come he lost so much weight & he told me that he was diagnosed with nose cancer (which spread to his lymph nodes) about 10 months ago, a day before his daughter was born. I asked him why he didn’t share about it earlier & he merely shrugged.

The cancer was between stage 2 & 3 and he underwent both radiotherapy as well as chemo for it. The treatments have been completed & he is due for a full body check soon.

The rest of the lunch went on as per normal & we chatted as though nothing that serious had happened. I’m definitely glad that he should be on the road to recovery / remission & being fit, has coped well with the treatments. I still feel a sense of sadness though, that I wasn’t there when he needed me most. I didn’t contact him in the last 10 months (we work in the same office building – good grief!) as he used to always work extremely late as an investment banker. I also knew that his wife was pregnant & thus I thought he didn’t contact cos he was too busy as a new father.

It’s just sad to think than an old friend I’ve known for 18 years had to go through such a dark period in his life.

We ended lunch with an agreement that we must lunch together once a month. I’m setting a reminder on my phone. This is a friend I truly cherish.

GCE ‘A’ Levels

So… the A-Level results will be out tomorrow. Heh. Such a distant memory.

I remember the day I was to collect my A-Level results. I was kind of apprehensive so a friend & I decided not to arrive too early at TJC. We went to catch a movie (can’t remember which movie though) & were probably amongst the last few to collect. I remember my Comp Sci teacher, who was my supervisor for my project, was searching high & low for me. Thankfully, it was good news he had to deliver. And he was excited because I don’t think he expected me to do well for Computing. Hahaha. My other results were also decent enough & given that I’m not the most hardworking student, it was really by the grace of God that everything went well.

Of course, after so many years have passed, I’m now able to see the big picture, how He guided me to NTU, specialise in Insurance and now do a job I love.

So to all who’re collecting their results, all the best and trust that everything is within God’s hand.