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A sure friend

Marianne with her cat

I have worked full-time since I was 16, apart from two years off when I had my daughter 24 years ago. While I “work to live” as distinct from “live to work”, I love what I do.

I am the marketing manager at an events organisation. It’s fun, busy and innovative and I enjoy working with my colleagues and clients alike.

Like so many women, my world changed forever when I was advised of my breast cancer diagnosis one Friday, following regular screening. Strange as it may seem, the entire experience was positive. My husband, daughter and all of my family and friends were always there for me.

As soon as I told my manager that night, she was as sympathetic, practical and supportive as she could have possibly been. The managing director called me at home the next day to assure me I had a job for as long as I wanted, and could work whatever day and hours I wished.

While there was so much uncertainty over the forthcoming year, it was a great comfort to have assurance that my job was not in jeopardy. My work became a sure friend at an uncertain time.

I had time off for surgeries and subsequent recovery. Then, while I was going through chemo I would drive to work when I could, or if I was too ill I stayed home and worked on my laptop when possible. And I’m still working there four years later!

Marianne, NSW

 

First published in The Beacon, issue 74, Autumn 2017