May the Prostate Fairy Be With You
An autistic woman shares her magical drawings of hope and love.
I try not to think or say it too often, but I know it: CANCER SUCKS. I have it. It affects me and my family on a daily basis. It’s the uninvited guest that can drive you crazy for fear that it will never leave. I can’t even escape it by going to the office where my colleagues and I live and breath it in every discussion and project we undertake. Of course, the consolation in all of this is that a career that I have always loved has grown into an avocation.
In the midst of all of this, there are moments that stop you in your tracks, when time stands still and you are transported to a world where all is good and you feel deeply the love we are all meant to share. I was blessed with one of those moments yesterday when I ran into one of our support staffers opening up the mail. “Dan… I have something for you,” said Elaine. “ I’m sending you an electronic copy.” I could see that she couldn’t wait to hand me the letter that had just arrived. It was from an austitic woman named Courtney Benton from Rochester Hills, Michigan. It read in big bold letters:
I’M AN AUTISTIC ARTIST WHO DRAWS FAIRIES TO HELP PEOPLE IN LIFE. THIS PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION FAIRY WILL HELP CURE AND/OR FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER. I TRULY BELIEVE SHE WILL HELP. ENJOY!
TRULY, COURTNEY BENTON.
There I stood, standing in the middle of the reception area, grinning ear to ear. If not grinning, It would have been a flood of Lupronic tears. Either way, the moment would have been the same–just as wonderful.
Here was a woman, faced with her own life challenges, taking the time to draw and send magical fairies to complete strangers in all kinds of need, sharing loving wishes and spreading hope.
I believe that in addition to advanced medicine, faith and the love of those around you are powerful elixers. This random act of kindness was a powerful dose of medicine for me. I am still smiling. My spirits lift eveytime I look at the fairy. Courtney’s drawing now hangs in my offiice watching peacefully over me. I also plan to make a wallet-sized version to carry with me wherever I go.
And so I share the story of prostate cancer fairy with you in the hope that she might impart some of the same magical effect on you.
The next time you are faced with someone newly diagnosed or just want to let a patient know you are thinking of them but can’t think of the right words, just share the Prostate Fairy and this story and say: I’m thinking of you and sending my best wishes. I am sure it will be appreciated.
May the prostate fairy be with all who need her.
Wising you health and peace,