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Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise
Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
This story started a few years ago, and, despite the death of one of its two main characters, it fortunately continues still today. One of its two main characters is no more among us, but she left us only physically, because her presence is much perceived, his memory is more vivid than ever and sometimes it seems to perceive her physically. This story concerns two young women, of less than 50 years old, sisters-in-law, with a special bond, united by a deep feeling of affection but also by the same fate, by the same disease. The first one, whom I will call Louise, as I said, died about two years ago at the age of 53 years after a long period of illness, supported by her family and especially by her sister-in-law Thelma. I first met Louise several years ago, when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with a tumour and was cared for by our staff. She was a good person, she was generous and selfless, she always did everything she could for the others, including her mother-in-law. A few years after, she found out she had a breast cancer too. After a first moment of despair, as it is easy to imagine, she began her path made of visits, examinations and sometimes devastating cycles of chemotherapy. Her sister-in law, Thelma, always stood by her. Thelma and Louise faced the disease together, they were close, they shared difficulties, fears, the most intimate thoughts and also the suffering. Together they went to hospital for treatments, clinical checks, they spent time together in waiting rooms and spoke. Thelma gave her comfort and support, and walked along with her on her difficult and demanding path. She managed to stay always close to her, despite the things she had to do and the working shifts. But that's not all, because one day Thelma realized she had a lump in her breast. She told me that when, she felt it, she immediately understood that it was a malignant tumour. Years went by this way: they were always close, always together. The children of both of them grew up and became adults and, unfortunately, their disease continued, inexorably. They reached the point of no return: the active therapy ended and they moved on to palliation, and at the end Louise died, suffering physically but especially psychologically, with the awareness that she would not have the chance to know her granddaughter. She had really wanted her, but she managed to see her only through the ultrasound test… Louise died in her house with her dear ones next to her.

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