Peter’s Wednesday Blog – Interview with John – An engineer at the WOE who was found by an Employee Scout. A very touching story!
Hello, my wonderful WOE Friends!
May is Mental Health Month. The WOE Cares Need to Know will be updated every week to bring awareness, educate and offer resources from different web sites.
The WOE HR Department will also be offering more thought-provoking pictures on the subject as well.
I have attached the latest HR Picture; Time is the most precious commodity on Earth. I felt this was relevant. So many people take life for granted; put off vacations, seeing family, making amends with those you have fought with, etc.
Too often, we are surprised when death comes knocking. It could happen at any time. As I get older, I find myself adding in something each day, that I would ordinarily put off until the next day.
I think to myself, “Let’s make each day as good as it can get.” If that means getting the frozen yogurt ice cream or spending the extra $5, as long as it enhances the day’s experience, then I’m probably going for it.
It is the Wednesday blog; time to share a story about someone else very special; John.
John is currently a mechanical engineer for the Systems Engineering Department for the WOE. He wanted me to tell his story of what happened to him and his family.
Here it is. I hope you enjoy it!
At 52-years-old, John was working for a vast entertainment company/theme park. As a mechanical engineer, he helped design many attractions and rides for his 30 + years working in the industry.
He is married to his beautiful wife, Nancy, of 30-years. They both raised three children, all of whom have left home and started their own families.
John loved his work. He enjoyed the creativity and planning it would take to put together a new ride or attraction. He loved getting to ride it with the park guests and seeing their reactions.
“I would get a big kick out of the yeah’s and wow’s the guest would make. I worked on many big projects and loved my job.
It was fun to tell family and friends all the latest projects (with secrecy, of course) because I was on the inside.
One evening, while my wife and I were eating dinner together, she started to complain about a headache. She took a few pain relievers and forgot about the pain.
Several dinners later, the same thing occurred. Nancy was not accustomed to getting headaches or even catching a cold. She was always healthy and took good care of herself.
After a while, they became more frequent and more painful. The medicine wasn’t helping after a while, and she started going to bed early due to the pain.
We made an appointment to see our family doctor, and he sent her for an MRI. Two days later, we were called and asked to come in that day.
The news of brain cancer brought both of us crashing to the ground. For the next few days, every little petty thing that usually bugged us was no longer relevant.
We were hoping the cancer specialists would have better news and could offer a remedy.
Unfortunately, like most late-stage cancers, there was only minimal hope with extensive treatment.
As the treatment started, so did her sickness. I started calling off to work to stay home and help Nancy. At first, it wasn’t a problem. But being that I was a project manager, I had a role to play and needed to be there to supervise the work being done.
I would wake up and hear my poor wife getting sick in the bathroom. It was too hard just to say ‘Have a nice day. Going to work.’
As she because weaker, I needed to start taking her to the various doctors' appointments and treatment. I also kept missing time at work.
Although we had insurance, our portion of what we needed to pay was skyrocketing. Cancer treatment is costly. We were going into the tens of thousands of dollars, digging right into our savings and then retirement.
After six months, they let me go from work. They said they simply couldn’t keep the project running without me being there.
I understood but hated it anyway. It was soon after we lost our health insurance, and the COBRA costs a small fortune and didn’t cover as much.
After eight months, we were almost financially wiped out, and Nancy was starting to give up because she knew what the treatment was costing us.
Feeling like we were at the end of our rope, a man asked me what time it was in the cancer treatment waiting room. In today's world, I thought it was odd he didn’t have the time. But I gave it to him anyways.
Then he asked me who I was there for. I told him my wife, Nancy. He said he was there for his neighbor.
I started telling him about all that was happening, and then he asked me about my old job. For some reason, he was really easy to confide in.
After an hour of talking, he stood up and said, ‘If your wife were to get treatment where you work, would you work again?’
I told him absolutely. But I needed to make sure she would get the right treatment.
He handed me his business card and told me to give the number on the back a call in three days. He said to tell them his name was Alvin.
I didn’t know what kind of job it was or the company he was referring to. But three days later, I sat on my couch and called the number.
The lady who answered the phone was so polite, but when she greeted me, I didn’t catch the name of the company.
I told her my name and told her the name of the man who gave me his card and told me to call.
Then, she said something I never thought I would hear; she said, `I believe we can help your wife, Nancy.’
I asked her how? She said she could be treated on the property while I worked. I could visit her anytime, and the medical facility was the best in the world. All at no charge to us.
I asked her if she was kidding and the name of the company. She repeated the WOE she mentioned the first time. But I didn’t catch the acronym. I said, what is WOE?
She said, ‘The World of Entopia. You would be working for us in the Systems Engineering Department and be provided with everything you need.’
Everyone in the engineering field knows of the Systems Engineering Department. They are the most respected and create the best attractions and shows in the world.
I started crying and couldn’t stop. I just broke down and started balling. After a few minutes, I said I would love too!
Then she said, good. All we need is for you to pack and fly here. The tickets would be paid for.
I asked her what else I need to do. She said, ‘Nothing now, we’ll take care of everything when you get here. Let’s get Nancy into our facility as soon as possible.’
Here I am, Peter. Two years later. Loving my job more than ever before. Nancy spent one month in the medical facility here and somehow, they were able to cure her cancer. Dr. Lee and Dr. Patterson are the best! But Jessica, the nurse, helped us the most!”
I can surely relate.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,