When your friend is facing this prognosis, what do you say?Keep your head up and pray?Isn’t that trite when your friend is fighting this foe?I ask again, what do you say, it’s your turn – Go!
What words should come out of your mouth?Hey buddy, this will be over soon and we can have a beer on your couch?Should you say you will be fine?Or that you are a great friend — wise, loyal, and kind?
Really, the next interaction, what should one discuss?Do we solely talk about cancer and make it a big fussor does one ignore it and talk about future plans?At this point, you are no help to me and I am not a fan.
So here is what I am going to say to my friend fighting this disease
Is it ok if I pray for you, please?
I know that positivity increases your odds — so chin upWhen this is done we will certainly raise up a cup
I am here for a distraction or a serious chatAbout life, cancer, poetry, jokes, or even my cat
If at 3 in the morning you want to discuss what’s on TVGive me a jingle, I am here, that is where I will be
Every single day science improves your odds of beating thisNow give your wife and kiddos a hug and kiss
And tomorrow batten down the hatches and fight like hellYou have the right doctors battling for every cell
Friend, you are going to beat this buddy, there is simply no other freggin way.
That is what I am going to say.
By Jimmy MackWarwick, NY