The serious illness of a co-worker can shake the foundation of a workplace, affecting the dynamics, productivity and atmosphere. People often find they are unprepared to deal with their own feelings about a co-worker's illness. They may be afraid to say or do the wrong thing. And most want to help, but aren't sure how they can. The most important thing you can do for yourself and for your co-worker is to communicate.
Heidi Krieger became part of the LLS family when her daughter Grace was diagnosed with leukemia. Here in her words is the story of a survivor, her daughter Grace.
We had just brought home a new baby when Grace, not even two years old, was diagnosed with leukemia. During the day, I was busy and distracted caring for two, small children; but at night I cried—how would I ever live without my Grace?
Her life was saved by research. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s funding over the years have contributed to major advances that helped get our daughter into remission. Still, the fear of relapse stayed with us. LLS helped with that too. An LLS volunteer—her son was a survivor—answered my questions and gave us so much hope.
Grace is in kindergarten now—she’s a little ballerina who also wants to play soccer! We are one grateful family.