John has received the results of his last checkup with Dr. Cruz.
He doesn't have long left to live, I don't know how to tell him without worrying him too much.
Sir... I'm sorry to tell you that the results of your bloodwork came back. I'm afraid you have been diagnosed with Stage 2 Leukemia.
I'm not sure John. I'll do my best to help you, but there's no guarantee the treatment would work.
Doctor, is there any way to help me?
Well, then I guess I'll just live while I can. Thank you for telling me doc.
Dr. Cruz intended to let John know that he only has a few months to live, however, she wants to say it in a subtle way. As the illocutionary act, she wants to warn him of the fact that it is confirmed that he only has a few months to live because of his disease.
As Dr. Cruz started to talk to him, she tries to make sure that she does not worry him, so she talks in a very light tone. However, she had no choice but to inform him that he has only a few months to live.
As the perlocutionary act, he becomes really scared and sad. However, he realizes that he only has a few months to live, so he decides to make the most out of his few months of living. He leaves the clinic with a bittersweet feeling, as he realizes the importance of the time and the inevitability of the life he has.