October 2, 2013

Quiet Heroes

As many of you know I delivered the keynote address at the 9th Annual Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes here in Atlanta last Saturday. Quiet Heroes is a kindred community of moms whose children are facing, have faced, and likely, some who will face cancer in the future.

I’d like to share some of my remarks with you.

I began right where I always do: definitions (from the 1828, mind you) so that everyone was on the SAME page leaving no room for misunderstanding.

Quiet: (from the Latin Quietus)

  • Quiet: Still, free from alarm or disturbance
  • Quieted: the one who is quieted, the one who is calmed (the child with cancer; your child with cancer)
  • Quieter: the one who quiets (you, your child’s mom, your child’s quiet hero)

Hero: (from the Latin Heros)

  • One of distinguished valor in danger; valor, strength of mind in danger (bravery)

After defining quiet and hero, I introduced a third word for their consideration; a word that I believe epitomizes who they are giving affirmation and purpose to their role in the lives of their children.

Paraclete: (from the Greek ‘to call’)

  • an advocate, one called to aid, to support
  • the consoler, the comforter, the intercessor

Indeed, I believe these moms are the QUIETERS ‘called to’ advocate, support, console, and quiet their children amidst the storms of childhood cancer AND survivorship. These moms, my own mom included, are our QUIET HEROES, ourPARACLETES: THIS day, every day!

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