“I need a name for my book, Kevin. I’m stuck on the title. I want it to be positive, yet, to the point.”
Kevin and I began brainstorming a host of different ‘puns’ about cancer – cuz we are pun masters – to try to figure out an appropriate title. We got stuck on a few ideas, mainly that the word cancer begins with “can”. And that’s pretty positive. But that didn’t seem to cut it.
“I can’t help but think about the word, ‘answer'”, Kevin said. “You know, Canswer – instead of cancer?”
That was good. That was clever. That didn’t make the final cut.
“Something to do with the word ‘stage'”, he suggested. “You know, like you thought Stage IV was a death sentence? We had no idea what the concept meant when we first heard it – but it scared the heck out of us.”
“Stage-Fright?” I thought. That was a good play on words… double entendu as it were.
But that was too negative. And I don’t want a book that is suggesting anything more depressing about cancer than it already is.
And then – it dawned on me: Overcoming Stage-Fright. That name would suggest there is a way to overcome the fear of cancer. And that’s 90% of the battle – emotional. At least, that the part of the battle family and friends can help win.
“Overcoming Stage-Fright,” I suggested to Kevin.
“Yes. I like that. A guide for friends and family. You can give tips to people who are supporting someone through cancer – to help them know how they may be helpful and encouraging. So many people don’t know what to say – or what to do. And often, they say things that are hurtful, when they are only trying to be helpful. You’ve certainly gone through enough to know what was helpful to you.”
And that was that. I liked it.
I introduce to you now, my friends and family – the title of my up and coming book. I have the layout. I have the purpose. I have a mission. And so, I begin a new journey which will challenge me to review my first year of life as a person living with cancer. It feels good to have a mission. It feels good to think I will perhaps be able to provide helpful tips to those who are support networks for people living with cancer. And I mean it when I say living with cancer – as I am a firm believer that someday soon, cancer will be a chronic illness – not a death sentence.
First chore: download September’s stories. Egad. Wish me luck.