(This is the seventh part of a short story - Love takes courage) One morning Dr. Mehta walked in with the biopsy report. The primary disease was thought to be Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The bad news this brought was that this was unlikely to reverse. Rohan's heart sank. His parents were shocked. Pooja held Rohan's hand. She couldn't believe her ears.
Dr. Mehta said that we should immediately plan for a kidney transplant.
"With a kidney transplant, you can lead a totally normal life!"
"How soon can I undergo a transplant?"
"Let us stabilize you Rohan. In the meantime - "
Rohan interrupted Dr. Mehta, "I am not going for even one more dialysis session!"
"Rohan, don't get upset", his father told him.
"See Rohan, I understand it is very difficult for you. You must be patient. We will start doing the tests immediately. We will make sure you get transplanted soon."
"If I get a transplant, will I need dialysis?"
"No, no dialysis once you get a transplant."
"Why can't we do the transplant today?"
Dr. Mehta smiled. "Its not that simple Rohan. We have to identify a donor. We have to make sure the donor is a good match with you. Only then will the transplant be successful."
"Doctor, do whatever you want. I am not going to do any more dialysis."
"Mr. Karmarkar, can I see you in my OP this evening. Let us start planning for the transplant."
As Dr. Mehta left the room, Rohan couldn't hold his tears back. His parents and Pooja all gathered around him and consoled him. What solace could they offer someone whose entire life had taken such a horrendous turn? A few days back, they wouldn't have ever imagined that life would have this in store for them.
They tried telling him that a transplant would solve all his problems. Each of them offered to donate a kidney to him. Rohan was inconsolable.
Rohan's father signalled to the others to let him cry. It was necessary that he let out the bottled up feelings of despair within him. It would help to lighten him up. When such an event happens to anyone, it can lead to enormous frustration and feelings of helplessness. It was important that you cry to become light within.