It reminded me also about why I believe in Coinci-Gods – the idea that sometimes what appears to be a coincidence is actually divine intervention.
In Feb 2012 I fell to the floor of my kitchen having seizures as the result of an aneurysm that was bleeding. At my son’s insistence, I was taken to Northside Hospital where they performed an MRI, and then rushed me to Emory for emergency surgery – a surgery that saved my life. I spent over a month in ICU.
The way my coworkers came to the aid of my family was extraordinary. Jodi Ford dropped everything and came a running, providing much needed support for my 18 year old son as he struggled to understand the mound of paperwork he was being asked to sign. During that month in ICU I was visited by so many – Judy Ghea, Greg Satusky, Marcellus Duke, Scott Steele and his wife just to name a few. Their smiling faces kept me from slipping away into the dark place that threatened to swallow me.
It wasn’t until years later that I learned my father had met Greg. He said that knowing I worked with people like Greg gave him comfort. Many others reached out from across the miles which has led to deep and lasting friendships.
The support I was given during the 2 years it took to fully regain what was left and to come to terms with what was lost, was nothing short of miraculous. The patience and understanding given by so many. And the compassion…. a familiar voice asking “how are you doing?” in a way that says they really want to know. Many times it happened just when I needed it most – it was always such a comfort.
And those who asked “Do you need anything?” Having lost the ability to drive, the never ending round of medical appointments was truly a challenge. So many folks gifted me with rides when I needed them most. Betsy Oxford, Shanti Bacon and of course Jodi.
Unfortunately the story is yet to have an ending as I continue to grow aneurysms. Thanks to the quality medical care I am grateful to enjoy, I am able to see specialists who are able to find them before they rupture and we avoid the life threatening scenario of 2012. The latest repair performed this past July and once again, my coworkers stepped up and provided much needed support.
To those who step up and go that extra mile for others – THANK YOU!
You are saving the world, one person at a time