Be not proud

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, October 4. 2005

Over this last weekend, my wife's (Eileen) mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Cancer markers from various blood tests came back incredibly high, indicating it's widely spread and that there isn't a lot of time. She is still in the hospital now, but we are starting the process of looking into hospice care for her, or having her move in with us for awhile. As cliche as it is, it is during times like these that you appreciate what is important in life, and how much you rely on the support of family and friends. I am also incredibly lucky that I work for a great company. When I told Covalent's CEO (Mark Brewer) the news, he said, basically, take whatever time you need. In this day and age, a company that actually cares like that for its employees is quite rare. Eileen's also received warm support from her company as well. You have no idea how much that means to have one less worry on your shoulders during times like this, and having a flexible schedule to do what needs to be done. So enjoy each day; call your Mom and Dad; eat more salad; get more excercise; take care of yourself, and take care of those important to you.

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  • Yoav Shapira
    Jim, I'm incredibly sorry to hear this. ;( If there is anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask. One thing that comes to mind is my dad, a doctor here in Boston, is close friends with some of the best cancer researchers in the world: if you need to be put in touch with them for second opinions, ideas, or whatever, just shoot me a note. Yoav

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