Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Encouragement in the Moment

A quick-shop sixty miles from home is not exactly the place where you might expect to have a mini-confab with other cancer patients. But there I was...and there they were.

I was at the register, paying for a couple bottles of juice and a handful of snacks. The clerk asked if I had "membership savings" or some such thing. I smiled and said, "No. But does that mean I get no special considerations?"

For the life of me, I can't imagine why I blurted out my next words. They were unplanned and certainly not serious, for I was laughing when I said them. I had tugged my scarf a bit higher on my bald forehead and said, "What about cancer? Does that count?" In terms of special consideration, that is. And, then, I thought to myself, "Wow, that was a silly thing to say!"

The clerk, a young woman about 35 years old, looked me straight in the eye and replied, "I had cancer. Three times!"

And then, the woman behind me added this, "My daughter had leukemia when she was nine months old!"

We looked at each other in amazement. The clerk was in remission. The daughter was well. I reassured them that my hair-destroying chemo was treating me kindly.

As she gave me my change, the clerk grasped my hand tightly, sharing her heartfelt "Be well!". The three of us looked at each other one last time as we parted.

I left, thinking, "Wow!"

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8 comments:

Kelly said...

It obviously wasn't "you" in control when you blurted out those words.

I love stories like this.

Andrea said...

Yes, WOW! Cancer knows no boundaries. It touches so many lives.
Thank you for sharing your story.

Blessings, andrea

Marian S. said...

According to the Amercian Cancer Society, there were 11,028,000 people living with cancer in the United States in 2006. This figure includes people diagnosed with cancer in the past (who are still alive) as well as people recently diagnosed.

Debby said...

Yes. Wow. God hijacked your mouth. Would that he hijacked mine more often. In fact that would make a good prayer WhiteStone. I think I will take it.

Dandy said...

Totally amazing!

Young Mom said...

Wow, isn't it weird when that happens? The words just get said, and then you blush thinking about how stupid you sounded, and later hear that was exactly what someone needed to hear, and you can't for the life of you figure out why you said it.

Glenda said...

God sends encouragement in the most unexpected ways, doesn't He? Working out the details is no problem for Him!

Karen said...

Goosebumps. Your post gave me goosebumps, as I could feel God's hand in it all. Again. Thanks for sharing your story, friend!