Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital room with my wife, my oldest son, and Dr Zenk. Dr. Zenk gave me the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was as direct as he could possibly be. He explained that I would need chemotherapy treatment and if successful a bone marrow transplant. He noted that typically patients who undergo this type of treatment are out of work a year or more. He didn’t need to explain that treatment would be expensive. The thought of being out of work for a year, as the sole wage earner for my family, set me back. How would my family survive? How would I feel knowing the impossible challenge I’d just put my family in? I was devastated! I cannot recall ever feeling so low.
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Too often we get so involved in our business working to get ahead that we forget to celebrate moments of victory. We don’t take time to reflect on what we accomplish. We miss moments of renewal, celebration, and recognition. These are valuable reminders of our success. These raise morale, help us to pause and reflect on what it takes to achieve. These are moments to shine the spotlight on people who have gone beyond normal dedication and commitment to achieve remarkable performance.
t’s most appropriate that on Valentine’s Day that I share with you the person in my life that inspires me and that has proven to be a “Super Star” in the category of a Catalyst. On Valentine’s Day it is my sincere hope you have someone special in your life that is so loving, caring, and determined to help you live to your fullest. Share your love for her this day. My wife Michelle is without a doubt the person that has helped me the most through my AML and Bone Marrow Transplant. In many cases I’m not even aware of everything she is doing to contribute to my recovery and remaining clear of any germs and immune deficiency issues.
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A week ago on Friday I had lunch with a former client. It was my first time at a restaurant since February when my health issues began. Late Tuesday of that week, my doctor gave me permission to travel. With a credit we had for our missed March spring break vacation with the boys, my wife and I left late last Friday evening to visit the condo we share with her parents, for Mesa, Arizona. Imagine a tall balding fellow wearing a white surgical mask on the plane. That’s what I looked like in order to avoid the germs that plane flights are notorious for.
To say the last several weeks here in the hospital have been challenging might be an understatement. I’m sure my wife, Michelle, and my family thought I was worse than I did. Despite a lack of energy at times I still found time to work my routine and enjoy my passion for working with my clients.
Yesterday started with good news as I got my blood work done at St Luke’s Physician Clinic in Cedar Rapids, the numbers all came back well above the point where I need a transfusion. Then Dr. Hosne Begum stopped in to say, “You’re Amazing!” And then added, “And your wife is more amazing!” I’d handled the fever well and despite being diagnosed with pneumonia through a CAT scan I still feel very good.