Autumn's Wind

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Chapter 35: The choice
(by NativeRose, added on 23 July 2005 12:29 AM)

The next thing Autumn heard was...another voice? She tried to focus on the words, and she recognized that voice...but who was it? Oh yes, it was her doctor.

"Autumn doesn't have much longer. I know this is going to be hard for you, but you need to plan ahead. Do you want to sign a DNR?"
"No! I will not kill my daughter!"
"I don't know much about medicine, but if the chemotherapy isn't working, and we know Autumn is going to...she'll... well, you know, shouldn't we try to make sure she's as comfortable as possible? I mean, treat the patient, not the disease, right?"
"you're a smart kid, Perkins..." the doctor began, but Lynne abruptly cut him off.
"How can you say that, Jamison? She's not going to die!" With that, she turned and fled from the room.

Lynne knew Jamison was right, but she just couldn't accept it. She saw the logic in what he said, and the doctors didn't think she'd survive for much longer either. Was Lynne the only one to hold out any hope for her daughter, or was she just trying to protect herself from her reality? Her life was falling apart, her husband had left her for another woman, and now her daughter was dying. Autumn had been everything to her, especially after her husband left. What would she do without her daughter? How would she survive? She couldn't lose her! Lynne gasped as the full implication of her current thoughts hit her. She was thinking about how she would survive, when her daughter was grasping, searching for the thin threads of her life? She was just trying to hold onto her own life. No, Lynne mustn't think like that. Despite what Jamison and the doctors said, her daughter would live. She wouldn't give up on Autumn.

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