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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, “You have cancer. It is advanced. Our last tests revealed that is widespread. I’m so sorry.”
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.
“Pam, did you hear me?” 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. “Tell me about her and don’t tell me you can’t because of doctor-patient confidentiality. I believe we are past that now.”
“Okay. Her name is Katie. She is seven years old and she has cancer.” June is watching me intently but tells me no more.
“How long does she have before she dies?” I watch as Katie holds her mother’s hand and steps up on the sidewalk.
“Less than a month.” June’s voice is shaking and her grip tightens on my hand.
“June, you and I have been best friends since we were that age. I’m sixty two now and I’ve lived a good life. What life has Katie lived?” I turn to look at June. Tears are spiraling down her cheeks.
“I don’t want you to have cancer, Pam. We can start chemo right away, tomorrow even. We can beat this.” June is wiping her tears with the sleeve of her shirt. Her eyes are pleading with me to say yes.
“June, 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.” 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 I’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.
“Lord, 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.”
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