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Co-workers Contribute Sick Days to Man with Cancer

05 Apr

My inspiring story doesn’t have to do with mind-body CDs, although I’m a satisfied user of guided imagery, yoga and meditation.  This is about the people I work with. 

I’m a 42 year old husband and father, recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. I have worked for the same small business for the past 12 years.  Currently I am facing several rounds of chemotherapy, with little sick leave left, because earlier this year, my wife had to undergo back surgery. I was needed to help at home.  It never crossed my mind that I might need those sick days for myself.  I never got sick.

My co-workers got together with our manager and figured out a way to donate their own sick days to me, so I won’t lose salary when I am too sick to work.  I now have 34 extra days, if I need them.  Each person gave whatever they could spare. The relief my wife and I felt was indescribable.

Every time I think about their generosity and love, my eyes fill with tears.  This kindness may be what cures me, more than any chemotherapy treatment.  I post this story with you, because it reminds us all of the good we are capable of.

Gratefully,
Tom P.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award