“Are you sitting down?” The words my long time client asked me after returning back to the company after leaving the previous year. I was so curious why she returned back. I knew she had recently gotten married. I thought maybe a break up? She won the lottery? Her husband became famous? You know, all the places the mind goes…
Never did I expect her to tell me she had been diagnosed with stage three cancer. This 30-something, energetic, vibrant woman who lightens every room. Never did I expect to hear she had undergone a very difficult surgery, chemotherapy, and intense internal and external radiation. And NEVER did I expect to hear her tell the painful story with such grace, strength, and optimism. Thankfully she got through it and returned back to work with a new perspective on life.
The scary part about her story is THREE doctors had turned her away when she went in complaining about pain in her body. Three. Thankfully she found a doctor who listened and took immediate action.
She reality checked me. She provided me with these reminders I’d like to share with you.
- Pay attention to your body. When something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it. We move so quickly. A five-minute body scan will provide you with the insight to know if something is wrong.
- Think about your network. Has someone been gone for a while? Send them a note to check in. People are people. We all need support – at home, at work, at the gym, all of your buddies!
- Examine your bitchin’. Is it really worth it? I shared this story with another client later that day, he shared this quote “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man that had no feet.”
- Spread the word. Tell the story. Encourage your friends, family, and clients to see a doctor if they are not feeling well and offer support.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes on compassion…
“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Plato
Peace, Love, and Good health!
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