A WINN REVIEW
One key feature of WINN’s approach is to review books and other materials that cover workplace issues. At WINN we intend to review motion pictures, television programs and other materials that help to achieve WINN’s objectives. WINN’s second review is from the book entitled: “So Glad I made it”, authored by Leila M Springer. Though the book actually documents the author’s journey through breast cancer, it does contain formation about her relationship to her work and workplaces as part of this process. With this backdrop, WINN starts the review. What follows is the majority of the contents of Chapter Nine, entitled: Back to Work together with other passages relevant to work and workplaces.Ms Delia Springer froze when she received her breast cancer diagnosis, even though she had prayed earnestly to be the one to be afflicted by the disease, not her sister. Nothing could have prepared her for the diagnosis, even though it came in her busy period while she was managing a software transition at the company for which she worked. Ms Springer was married and had done well professionally, enjoying a middle-class life-style. Ms Springer, with her strong work ethic, thought about returning to work while receiving treatment. The impact of chemotherapy on her body made the decision not to return to work while undergoing treatment a no brainer.“During the months following my radiation treatment, I began to contemplate returning to work.I had several discussions with my husband, friends and other family members to determine their On friend thought that it was much too soon to plunge back into the workforce and suggested that I take a year off before returning. I gave it some thought but somehow felt the need to get back into the work force. I did not give adequate consideration to the fact that I had just come through a very serious illness. I had gone through extensive treatment, and giving my body some time to adjust should have been an option.I had told my boss that I was planning on returning to work on January 04, 2000. I know now
that that was a mistake. I can now recall a colleague who was diagnosed with colon cancer and was undergoing treatment. Unfortunately, due to her home situation, she was forced to continue working until she no longer had the energy. I made a vow then that, should I ever face a serious illness, I would make the decision to do the things in life that I wanted to do, not what I was forced to do. I would make the decision to work or not work, not have someone else make that decision for me. I never knew that day would come. Returning to work after breast cancer for many women is a difficult decision. Knowing that you have people on your side can help the anxiety that you may feel. Having an understanding boss can be helpful. Working out a return to work plan and working short hours and gradually increasing to the desired hours can also be helpful.Perhaps I never should have returned to that particular job. Or perhaps I should have tried getting a job somewhere else, where no one knew me, and I can start over without the problems I was But somehow this was part of God’s plan. I endured three years of the most difficult years I ever spent on that job. Difficult because I had sacrificed so much before the illness. I had worked very long hours. I worked on weekends and holidays to keep up with the demand and ensure my responsibilities were covered. At this time in my life, I thought it would at least count for something. But I was wrong. Not everyone remembers you when you are sick. People do not always understand. For most, it is just a job, and you are just another employee. This was another example to me of storing up your treasures in the right place. When I was on sick leave, I had shared with my co-worker two dreams I had about losing my job. She would not hear of it because she thought I was so valuable to the company. She could not have been more wrong. God was preparing me for the inevitable, which would manifest Jesus said:”Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew: 6:33) Rather than thinking that if I worked hard and showed some commitment to the company things would work in my favor, trusting God should be first—having a strong focus on God and who He is and how powerful He is and most of all that He is our provider. We are never alone, and God is aware of our situation and will take care of Although I had the dreams and had shared them with my co-worker, and although IO knew that things were not the same, I was still shocked. The notice came just before I left for vacation. Had I known it was coming at that time, I would have postponed my vacation until after. I began to reflect as I always do, and what I discovered was nothing short of a mystery. At my interview in December of 1988, I was told that they wanted someone who would stay with the company for
ten to fifteen years. I had responded, “I don’t know about fifteen years, but I will promise you ten.” At ten years I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At fifteen years I was released from the position. Was there a lesson in all of this? Was I to pay closer attention to not only my thoughts I was given the one-year notice on March 31, 2003. My final date at work was March 31, 2004.”I am glad I made it is an easy read. It written in very accessible language. It contours the many facets involved in the cancer journey, including the impact of chemotherapy on the survivor. One issue that the book explores is the cultural dimensions of the illness and how cultural issues factor into workplace When Ms Springer decided to return to work while on treatment, she did so out of dedication for her workplace and a sense of responsibility. One implication of the book’s contents is that a person’s work ethic may affect the return to work date. Middle-managers, professionals, and senior managers, may be more likely to return to work early, even against the advice of the treating oncologist. What was most interesting about the book is the perspective is that when chemotherapy and radiation have stripped a survivor of all their dignity, the prospect of returning to work remains the last hope. Losing WINN’S RECOMMENDATION This book is an easy read. Its contents are informative. It contains tons of emotional information as the author disclose her struggles in her journey dealing with cancer. Read this book if you want to get a better understanding of the cancer journey and the confusion that can arise in the minds of workplace participants who are dedicated not only to their work, but also their employers. ..