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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (don’t write about the song) (05/07/15)
TITLE: The Appointment
By Jennifer Rubino Champion
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She runs her fingers along the edge of her mahogany desk and continues, â€śYou have cancer. It is advanced. Our last tests revealed that is widespread. Iâ€™m so sorry.â€ť
I sit for a moment and just stare past my friend and doctor. In the parking lot a young woman helps a dainty girl out of her car seat. The child is thin and despite the sunny weather we have had recently, her skin is pale. She is wearing a yellow hat and carrying a doll.
â€śPam, did you hear me?â€ť By now June has come around her desk to where I am seated. She sits in the chair next to me and reaches out for my hand.
I grip her hand and smile. â€śTell me about her and donâ€™t tell me you canâ€™t because of doctor-patient confidentiality. I believe we are past that now.â€ť
â€śOkay. Her name is Katie. She is seven years old and she has cancer.â€ť June is watching me intently but tells me no more.
â€śHow long does she have before she dies?â€ť I watch as Katie holds her motherâ€™s hand and steps up on the sidewalk.
â€śLess than a month.â€ť Juneâ€™s voice is shaking and her grip tightens on my hand.
â€śJune, you and I have been best friends since we were that age. Iâ€™m sixty two now and Iâ€™ve lived a good life. What life has Katie lived?â€ť I turn to look at June. Tears are spiraling down her cheeks.
â€śI donâ€™t want you to have cancer, Pam. We can start chemo right away, tomorrow even. We can beat this.â€ť June is wiping her tears with the sleeve of her shirt. Her eyes are pleading with me to say yes.
â€śJune, save the chemo appointment for someone else. My appointment is with the Lord. I am so blessed to have you as my doctor and my friend. There is no one else in the world I would want to tell me that I was going to die. Thank you.â€ť We stand and I hug her. She is warm and familiar. As I close her door and walk into the waiting room, I see Katie and her mom. I want to approach them and tell Katie that Iâ€™ll see her in heaven one day soon but instead I smile at her and walk to my car.
Inside, my car is hot and steamy. It feels good. I crank my car and turn off the radio. I lay my head back and close my eyes. Silently, I speak with God.
â€śLord, Thank you for giving me June. I pray that you will be with her and comfort her today. She is a good woman with a caring heart. Thank you also for allowing me to see Katie today. I pray heavenly Father that you will be with her mother and keep her strong and courageous for Katie. Seeing Katie helped me Lord and I know that is why you had her show up today when she did. My tears would be selfish because I have lived a wonderful life. Cancer is my opportunity to walk with my Carl again in the light of your glory in heaven. I give this life of mine up to you. Take it my Lord when you are ready. Amen.â€ť
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