Future paths open with doctors’ words
Confident or hedging
Direct or veiled,
Lives are changed with the words they choose.
“I don’t make predictions,” a doctor once said, and
Not knowing is OK if that’s the best one can do.
But an educated guess is not a prediction,
Nor is offering reasons for hope undue.
A best-guess shared with an encouraging tone
May calm a mind untethered, adrift,
Awash in uncertainty about a life with illness,
Feeling afraid and worried — all alone.
A doctor’s words may build or destroy,
Predicting how one goes forth
Into one’s only life.
Until no path opens.
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