It was the morning after the book signing, and I got a message from a high school friend saying he was sorry he had to miss the event. He had already ordered “Getting to the Point” online and wanted to get it signed. He added, “Oh, one more thing… my wife was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma 9 months ago.”
I felt instant solidarity with him, and made time to squeeze in a lunch meeting that day. To my surprise, he arrived at the restaurant with his wife on his arm. I guess I just wasn’t expecting her to be there and I was a little nervous about it. The only other Myeloma patient I had ever talked to was my brother Jeff.
I signed 3 books for them and we talked together for an hour and a half. I shared my story, and Jeff’s story, and then sipped my coffee as she shared hers. I felt honored to hear the courage in her voice, and it reminded me of the same determination I have heard from my brother.
Then she said something that caught me off guard. She brushed her hair back behind her ear, looked down at the table and said, “This disease is manageable, but it is not curable. There is no cure.”
Before I could stop the words from coming out of my mouth, I said “You mean there is no cure…YET.”
She took a breath, and I mentally kicked myself, “Oh no… did I just lecture a cancer patient on her positive attitude?”
She paused and she smiled. And then she said, “You’re right. There is no cure… yet.”
In that moment, the three of us were in silent agreement about the power of that word “YET.” When you say YET, it means that something is coming. YET means that it’s only a matter of time. YET means that there is hope.
If someone in your life is facing a battle with cancer, the most loving acts you can do for them are to raise money for research, be there when they need you, and remind them that there is hope. Hope can be just as important as good medical care and nutrition.
Words matter so much when the stakes are so high. Don’t forget… the power of YET.
All proceeds from the sale of “Getting to the Point” in 2012 go to cancer research. Learn more here.