My agent asked me to write a pitch letter for her to use when promoting my memoir, “Ten Days to Live”, recounting when I discovered I had a brain tumor. That seemed easy enough. I started pulling facts together; reasons why people would want to read my book. While researching, I ran across some incredible statistics:
• Nearly 70,000 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed this year
• More than 4,600 children between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year
• Brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common cancers among children ages 0-19
• There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a brain tumor
• This year, nearly 14,000 people will lose their battle with a brain tumor
• There are more than 120 types of brain tumors
As I continued to read the statistic, I became fearful. What is happening to this world? Why are so many people being diagnosed with this terrible affliction?
Before I became too distraught, I walked away from the computer. I needed a bit of clarity. While dealing with a brain tumor is surely a crisis, I didn’t want to add a crisis of faith to my findings. I needed to revisit a promise that always brought me back to focus:
“Not even a sparrow, worth less than a penny, can fall to the ground without your [Heavenly] Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
Statistics have clout, but the real power lies elsewhere.
P.S. Stay tuned … I’ll keep you up-to-date on “Ten Days to Live.”