For the next few months Harlow had been receiving radiation treatments and at her latest checkup they found out that the cancer had spread again, Dr. Walters explained to them that the radiation was not working and that they had also discovered that she had a rare form of aggressive breast cancer, still at stage four.
Antonio and Harlow were devastated to hear about the prognosis "So what now?" Antonio asked, choked up.
"Well... we never did try chemotherapy, we could try that or she could even try some clinical trials that are out there. I have to warn you though, the more we try things on her it could actually do more damage than good, if it comes down to it we can order hospice care to where they can make her feel more comfortable and still enjoy life. Whatever you decide to do is totally up to you." Dr. Walters explained while taking his glasses off, pinching the bridge of his nose.
"I need some time to decide what I would like to do " Harlow says sadly, she stood up and looked over at Antonio "I need some fresh air."
She left the room leaving Antonio with Dr. Walters. Antonio looked over at the doctor after Harlow left the room, taking in a deep breath trying to figure out the right words to the question he was about to ask him.
"Can you be honest with me?"
"I can be if I know the answer.. which I have a feeling to what you're about to ask."
"How much time do we have left with her?" He asked with hesitation.
"Honestly... about six months, the cancer is spreading so fast... I'm sorry."
"Don't be sorry, you've done what you could as Dr. Jacobson has as well." He says running his fingers through his hair.
Hearing how much time he had left with her made his heart drop, he then stood up trying to hold back from breaking down, and shook the doctors hand. "Thank you, we will be in touch."
Antonio left the room inhaling deep through his nose, and wiping away the tears that were starting to form. He walked outside looking for Harlow, and found her standing at the side of the building. "Ready to go home?" He asked her softly putting his hand on the small of her back and walking her to their car.
The ride home was quiet, when they got home Harlow walked past Sadie and the girls not saying a word and went straight to her room slamming the door.
"What's wrong with mommy?" Gabriella asked, sounding scared.
He walked over to her, picking her up "Mommy needs to rest, she wants to be alone for a little bit." He says kissing her cheek.
Sadie was sitting down on the floor and stood up, and walked towards Antonio "I take that it didn't go well?" She said quietly so the girls wouldn't hear.
Antonio put his hand on Sadie's shoulder guiding her over to the kitchen "It didn't go well at all, the radiation isn't working and the cancer has spread." He says sitting down at the breakfast bar. He started to tear up and rested his elbows on the counter leaning his head down, resting his hands on the back of his head, clasping his fingers together.
With his head down he mumbled "There's more.." he says, pausing to breathe. Feeling as if he were about to hyperventilate "Harlow doesn't know it yet, but the doctor didn't give her much time."
Sadie stood there listening to him, she didn't know what to say to him. Over the last couple months she had developed some feelings for him, but has hid it well. She felt sorry for him and knew he was having a hard time dealing with Harlow's cancer.
"Not much time?" She questioned.
"Six months." He tells her choking up. He stood up abruptly "Excuse me, I need to go take a walk."
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The Unexpected Nanny (EDITED)Romance
When Antonio Russo's wife was dying of cancer, he went to an agency looking to hire a live in nanny for their two children. After many interviews and when the children didn't care for any of the woman that were being interviewed he was about to lose...