An Unlikely Pilgrimage


“I have a book to recommend,” I told my oncologist as my check-up appointment was winding down. Because he’s such a talented physician and because his services are so frequently in demand, let’s just say I’ve been known to bring a book with me to appointments to make the wait a little easier. More than once he has jotted down a title to add to his own reading list.

But for this visit, I had come empty-handed, forced to pass the time in the waiting room reading about Paula Deen’s downfall in People magazine, a story that did little to distract me as I anticipated the test results the doctor would soon share. My choices were limited though: Paula, James’ Gandolfini’s untimely death, or Kim and Kanye’s early baby days. These were July 8 stories; it was now August 15.

Beyond the outdated People magazine, my other options lay firmly in the oncology educational realm—pamphlets and magazines aimed at the newly diagnosed, the family care-giver, the seeker of second opinions. I was just here for a check-up, I reminded myself. A check-up plus test results. The outdated People would have to do.


This week, I am writing over at Tweetspeak Poetry. Follow the link above to join me there for the rest of the story!

Photo by stopthepave, via Flickr, used with permission under the Creative Commons License.


Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.