I want to weave a story for you which captures a small part of the essence of how, in just one month (January 2007) and through a series of moments thereafter, the world became so different for me, for our large extended family, and for a number of magnificent and very special people deeply loved by my darling wife, Sabrina Kerim, and I.
This story, and possibly in some way your story also, may continue over a series of blog posts in the coming days, and possibly even, continuing throughout life's journey here on earth.
On January 5th, my darling wife received the sad news of the death of her beloved Auntie Alice. Alice was a second Mom to Sabrina, and Alice became deeply loved by many many people during her 80+ years of living on this earth. To say we were profoundly affected in emotional terms by the passing of this wonderful women would be a significant understatement.
A few days after the funeral, Sab's sister (age 57) suddenly began experiencing physical mobility and mental acuity problems for which the subsequent medical diagnosis was "brain tumor". She was operated (apparently with success) on Thursday of last week (January 25th) and released from the hospital this Tuesday (January 30th).
Yesterday (February 1st) Sab's sister was readmitted to the hospital (after 15+ hours in emergency) due to a significant deterioration in her well-being which is being caused by swelling in the brain. She is in tough shape right now and our large extended family is stressed.
Our stress is compounded by the structural weakness inherent in the medical infrastructure in Canada, not enough doctors, not enough nurses, not enough orderlies, not enough beds relative to the medical needs of patients. As a consequence, doctors are being forced to make tough decisions as to to who gets a hospital bed and in determining how long patients get to stay in the hospital. The families oftentimes have to be diligent and exceptionally firm with the hospitals in order that their loved ones can receive the medical care they so badly need. All I can say at this time about this health care situation is "bloody hell".
Coincident with all of the foregoing during the month of January 2007, I have been learning how to work with (AWESOME) partners and principal shareholders in a new international venture. This is a new experience for me as I've always run business initiatives on my own. I asked my colleagues to help me make this transition to a new way of working and they have been (and are continuing) to be a tremendous support.
In sum, life can be challenging at times, and yet, in faith I can continue to express...