One day I wake up with serious pain in my shoulder. It was bad enough for me to call into work and tell them I will be late since I was heading to the doctor. Work stated that it was fine and asked it I would still be able to make a meeting later that day. I agreed thinking that my shoulder wasn’t anything serious.
Client: We want you to create a “Disney level” 3D short feature animation with several characters by the end of December.
It was September and I was the only person working on this.
Me: That’s impossible for just one person. I don’t think I can do this project within the timeline nor without a team.
Client: Let’s take a short break to give you some time to think it over.
I don’t see the point but I take the break anyway since the pain relentless. It is during this break that I listen to the voice call left by my doctor stating that there were lumps in my chest and I needed to get to the hospital immediately.
The next day, I called my manager:
Me: Can I talk to you> Something happened and it will have a serious effect on my projects.
Manager: Okay, I’m just about to meet with the client and we can roll both meetings into one.
Me: This is a private matter – can I speak to you alone?
Manager: No. You’ve been rude enough to this client. If it is really so important you can tell us both.
I walk to the meeting room having given up and still in pain and as soon as we sit down I start.
Me: I’m sorry to tell you this but I have Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer and I need to start my treatment immediately. I will be going on sick leave immediately and from then on I would like to discuss if it is possible for me to work from home during my treatment period.
Client: This is great news! This is the perfect time for you to throw yourself into a project! It even allows you to spend more time on the project while you’re at home.