It was sad news last Monday for indigenes of Edo State, when the former Director General of the Center for Democratic Studies (CDS), Prof Omo Omoruyi, declared that his cancer has resurfaced. He was flown to the United States of America for another round of treatment but before he left, he pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan and his former boss, President Ibrahim Babangida to come to his aid.
According to him, “My cancer is back and I don’t know how it will end, the governor of the state Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has graciously come to my aid again. He is the one making it possible for me to commence my second journey. You know in my book I said “My journey back to life”, that is journey number one.
It will appear I am starting a second journey but how this second journey will end, I don’t know. So this weekend, on Saturday, I am going to the hospital in the United States, to commence a new treatment plan and that treatment plan, how it will end, I do not know.
You will recall that in the book, I said in the life of a cancer survivor, there are two fears: fear number one is the fear of recurrence that the cancer could come back, fear number two is that one could die. The fear number one is no more fear, it is real. My cancer is back which means I have to start a new treatment plan, I have to start a new journey because the other one was also a journey.
I cried because since September, when I went to the United States in the hospital for three weeks, all the series of tests showed that my cancer is back ,that the recurrence is no more a fear but it is now real. It is back and therefore there has to be a new plan to treat me. So, there are two alternatives for me.
One, there is a new drug that has been approved by FDA, Food and Drug Administration in the United States which costs about $9000 a month, but you cannot take it unless in the presence of the doctor an oncologist. It is a drug that was just introduced in September.
Luckily, with what comrade provided me, I was able to buy for the first month. I have not started using it. I am going to start using it in the hospital this weekend in Boston in the United States. If that doesn’t work, I have to go again through a new kind of chemotherapy.
I know what I went through before, so if the second fear then happens, if I then die, who knows, I don’t know…so I am starting this two alternative treatment plans for an end I don’t know. So this weekend, with the help of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, I am going back to start a new treatment.
The end, I don’t know, that means I am starting a second journey, the first journey, Back to Life, that book is there, hopefully, it will also be back to life because if you look at the book, it clearly said that I was guaranteed five years. So, when I started noticing some problems, I knew that well, it is not unusual so maybe who knows, God in His infinite mercies would grant me another five years.
For those who want to come to my aid, this is a new journey, so if you don’t see me again, if the second fear takes place, if I die, then you know where I am. But keep praying for me that in this second journey, I will also come back.