Thursday, November 18, 2010

On Being Brave

by Sandy Tritt

I learned the definition of brave in 1998, when my eight-year-old daughter was hit by a truck. As doctors and nurses swarmed around the trauma room doing a multitude of tests and assessments, Pam said, “Daddy, why does everyone say I’m so brave? Don’t they know how scared I am?” And my brilliant husband answered, “Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. Being brave means you do what you have to do, even though you are scared.”

This has stuck with me for many years. I grew up believing that brave and fearless were synonymous. But if someone has no fear (and, obviously, no common sense), why is it a big deal to encounter danger? The brave person is the person who has lots of fear, but who still does the necessary or honorable thing.

I’ve seen that type of bravery this past month as our long-term editor and friend, Sandi Rog, has faced an aggressive stage 4 cancer with T-cell Lymphoma. Unbelievably, she was hospitalized for a brain tumor (the secondary cancer discovered first) on the very day DeWard Publishing released The Master’s Wall, her historical fiction. Sandi faces weeks of chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Still, this sweet and talented warrior keeps her faith--and her sense of humor. She passes out bookmarks from her hospital bed, and she’s even contemplating setting up a book-signing table there. Please keep our Sandi in your prayers. Better yet, support this mother of four by purchasing The Master’s Wall. In light of all that has transpired, her publisher has generously agreed to donate to Sandi's family an additional $1 per book above and beyond all scheduled royalties. You can order your copy—and copies to give as Christmas gifts—at, among other places.

Thank you.


  1. An amazing story about an amazing woman who wrote an amazing book. (How's that for adjective overkill)? No other word as succinctly describes this, however.

    Fight, my friend, fight!

  2. Wow, Sandy. Thank you. I have tears in my eyes. Thank you. xxx

  3. Sorry to hear this news. We writers have to stick together.
    Prayers already going out for Sandi. Praying for complete healing and no pain.

    Thanks for letting us know, Sandy. And what a crisis with your child. Very scary. I'll remember your husband's words as well. Very true.

    Blessings. Barb

  4. Thanks for your prayers and kindness, Barb.

  5. I will have to buy it. Thank you for recommending it.

  6. Thank you! Here's a way to get two books for the price of one. ...the Buy a Book, Get a Book contest!

    Just visit Alison Strobel's blog. Here's what she has to say:

    Recently I posted an entry on my blog about Sandi Rog, a fellow author who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer just days after her debut novel released. Today I posted an update on Sandi, and along with that, a contest that I hope will generate some more sales of her book--and, in turn, some more donations to the foundation set up for her by her publisher. It's easy to enter, and you get a prize for being awesome and helping out a family facing a very scary challenge. Check it out at