I know, that "lifeline" is:
- a thing on which someone or something depends or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.
- a rope or line used for life-saving, typically one thrown to rescue someone in difficulties in water or one used by sailors to secure themselves to a boat.
But I have no idea how to connect "name" and "lifeline" in the sentence below. Thank you for your kind help :)
The next thirty minutes are the longest and slowest of my life. His words bounce around my head, refusing to stick: Small cell lung cancer. Stage 4. It’s not good. “Lex?” he says my name as if it’s a lifeline, and I realize I haven’t said a word. “How could this happen? You’re too young.”
Alison Hammer "You, Me, and Us"