Yesterday evening, I busied myself in the kitchen cleaning-up the leftovers. It was rather late but I kept finding things to do whilst normal days, either I would be in bed or asleep in front of the tv. ...as if something awaiting to happen.
It was my hubby who picked up my phone upon the ringing tone of an sms message coming through. Immediately passing the phone to me. It was a mesage from my former colleague from the Tourism Malaysia IT Dept ...a close friend..a former neighbour in Subang Jaya..been working together in TM since 1973 passed on due to cancer of the lungs. At the age of 56 years.
Shocked and unbelieving ..this friend was a women who always appear happy, active , still able to join netball matches, a mother to 3 lovely daughters (who are almost of the same age with my children and went to the same school in subang) and all in all a happy family.
Managed to pay last respects at the Subang SS15 mosque and met the hubby and eldest daughter, also met a number of friends and colleagues from my former department. All could not not accept the fact that she had succumbed to C A N C E R of the lungs. It was only about 2/3 weeks ago that she was unwell, pale-looking and coughing, immediately warded and informed by the doctors of the serius stage 4 > cancer of the lungs.
.....Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems....
A lot have been said and written on cancer and yet many, including me , still do not know much and may not be aware of the probability or the risk that we took by not going for our medical check-ups or even ignoring any pain /health symptoms.
" All cancers begin in cells, the body's basic unit of life. To understand cancer, it's helpful to know what happens when normal cells become cancer cells.
The body is made up of many types of cells. These cells grow and divide in a controlled way to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body healthy. When cells become old or damaged, they die and are replaced with new cells.
However, sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. The genetic material (DNA) of a cell can become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor. "
(ref : medical journal)
Relating to the above text (from a medical journal), and in the context of an advice from a noted speaker/motivator >
"a person , who kept and dwelled in his heart all the negative feelings such hatred, anger, jealousy, intense hostility, dislike and become unforgiving (kalau kita orang Melayu described perasaan tu sebagai dendam kesumat /tidak boleh memaafkan dan dimaafkan), within 2 weeks such feelings can cause deep depressions, stress and may develop cancer cells in the body"
Taking heed of such advice, we Muslims and all, practise goodwill, positive and healthy relationship, be forgiving, kind and loving and most of all be happy and grateful to Allah SWT the AlMighty. In simple direct understanding > Be A Good Muslim and Practice Islam in True Sense.