My Friend Eunice.

  • My Friend Eunice

    A few years ago, I had posted about a dear friend of mine, on Xanga. She is the director and chief of Pediatric Nephrology at UIC. (Univ. of Illinois Chicago) She was recognized for her work all over the world. She has either gone to different countries to set up Pediatric Nephrology departments, or has gone there on invitation of the faculties of the universities to be the Key Note Speaker, from St. Petersburg in Russia to Japan and in between, and all over Europe. When she “retired” a few years back, there were world renowned physicians who had traveled to Chicago to come and congratulate her for the contribution she made to the world of science and medicine. I was fortunate to attend that function. Fortunately or unfortunately, Eunice never did retire, because the university just couldn’t accept the fact that she couldn’t help out!

    Eunice has always been my role model. She took me under her wings at the medical school, and as a senior by two years, she encouraged me to study and do well. Anytime I tried to procrastinate, she was always there for me with her dimpled smiles, and led me to my Surgery or Medicine bibles!! And when I got homesick, she was there to help me laugh and always took me to some small restaurant and get me food that would be better than the hostel food.

    Eunice came from Mangalore, from a simple and unassuming family. She had no brothers, and being the older of the two children, she proved herself as the best of the best. By no means was she a nerdy student. She was so good at sports like throw ball, net ball, badminton and I was always on her team. She would always cheer me when I played tennis.
    SO why am I telling so much about my dear friend Eunice?

    Last Saturday I received a call from another mutual friend, informing me that Eunice was diagnosed with a very rare cancerous tumor of her adrenal gland. Apparently she was having some discomfort in her right upper abdomen. And she palpated herself and found a lump there. She went to the University GI specialist. After taking scans and images, she underwent a major surgical procedure, lasting almost five or six hours. Her left adrenal gland, her kidney, and part of the pancreas were removed. She was home by the time I came to know about it.

    This young beautiful lady, I can never call her old… she was always so young in spirit.—was with me in Ontario California last June when we went for the Alumni Reunion. We traveled together, and roomed together at The Hilton there. Everything was so good, we had such a fantastic time. It boggles my mind that a vibrant lady can go through such a heinous assault on her body by the cancer cells. I have never seen a more selfless and humble lady in my life. She was always giving, always helping and always with her beautiful dimpled smile.

    Eunice was in love with a classmate and all of us were sure that they would get married as soon as they graduated. But that didn’t happen. He betrayed her love. She never married or dated anyone after that, and dedicated her life to her niece and nephew and to her patients.

    I went to Chicago last week and stayed with her and helped her as much as I could. She was so embarrassed that I had to leave me family to go and be with her and take care of her. I plan to go back again in a week or two and spend couple more days with her, and shall do this until she is totally independent again.

    If you are the praying type, please think of her, and hold her in your thoughts. The next few weeks are so critical. The prognosis is grave at best.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to My Friend Eunice.

  1. Most definitely praying. She sounds like a true gem. Hugs to you.

  2. You’re a dear for looking after her and I’ll keep her in my prayers. *hugs*

  3. slmret says:

    I’m so glad you were able to be with Eunice in this time of need — to give back to her! I remember you writing about her, and I think we said hello in Ontario — what a lady! I hope she will be able to recover and take care of herself again soon! Much love and hugs!

  4. Thanks for the update on Eunice! I remember her from our xanga days! I am so glad you have each other and will keep her in my prayers!

  5. beowulf222 says:

    That’s sad. It seems to hit the “good people” far too often.

  6. Tree says:

    I’m sorry to hear about this happening to her – she sounds wonderful. It’s a wonderful thing that you can help her, as she helped you in the past. What a great friendship.

  7. I’m so very sorry to hear about this happening to your dear friend, Eunice. 😦
    She has given so much good to the world, I hope great good will be returned to her.
    I’m so very glad you are able to be with her! You are a dearheart friend to her, SweetZakiah!
    You know I will pray for Eunice. If you can, please give her a gentle hug from me.
    I will, also, pray for all of her family and friends.
    (((HUGS))), prayers, and ❤

  8. FromtheChurchoftheToastedCoconutDoughnut says:

    I am sorry to hear this is happening to your friend, Zakiah. I will keep you both in my thoughts.

  9. r_hsw says:

    you are there for her in her time of need. nothing else could be better than what you have done for her, which is being the best person a friend could have.

  10. Zakiah says:

    She has been so good to me always, and this is the least I can do.

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