Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cancer Bitch - Taking it to the Streets

Many of you know that I've been doing battle with my HR Department since August - I've run out of sick leave, so I requested donations. I filled out the forms - had my doctor fill out the forms - then sat back to wait. And wait. And wait. Sent an email query, which went unanswered. Left a voice message. No response. In late September, a co-worker brought up the issue of leave donations at a staff meeting. Later I was told I had turned in the wrong forms.

Finally, in October, a new HR person was assigned my case, and - she got everything worked out that day. Still don't know why the first guy ignored my existence. Another co-worker walked the leave donation forms over to HR a week ago. As of the last time I checked, the leave donations have NOT been credited. Sigh....

On another note, Steve Jobs and I did NOT have the same kind of pancreatic cancer. Mine is worse. But, apparently unlike Steve, I'm throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it, so keep your fingers crossed. At my last visit, Doctors told me my tumor markers were up (only slightly) and they made me meet with a Dietician. So if you see me eating sugary goodies, feel free to slap it out of my hands. (or just eat it yourself - waste not want not)

Steve Jobs wasted time on alternative medicine

In other news, for some reason, my medicine is now readily available. The shortage is now over. Wonder why?

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Finally, Tuesday, October 25 is National Dial Congress for Progress Day! During this one-day event, volunteers are asked to make 1 to 2 phone calls to their Members of Congress who have not yet co-sponsored the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. All you have to do is reserve 10 minutes on October 25 between the hours of 9am to 5pm ET to participate. There's more information on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Happy Halloween!


Diane Dimond said...

Hey - How's about I spend 20 minutes phoning the NPR HR department and mean, questioning them about where the hell your donated time off is and why its not posted yet?
Give me a name, give me a number and a name, Bren. Did you loose any days pay yet? If so I'd rant and rave and jump up and down!
Anyway, I agree with you about Jobs. So many of these alternative medicine folks go much earlier than necessary.
Now, I gotta go eat my after dinner ice cream...oh, wait. Guess I shouldn't have said that to you (on your fancy dietitian diet now!) But take's low carb, low sugar Butter Pecan by Bryers and its good!

(look for it in your grocer's freezer)

Love you, DD

Lynne said...

You leave that Halloween candy alone, too!

gena said...

well hell. we should have spent 10 minutes with a telephone hoo-ride on your HR office.

and don't suffer in silence. if you have stuff like this, BITCH bout it in the blog. how else will we know?

human relations is an oxymoron anyway.

boxilla said...

One of these days, Gena, you're going to have to take me on an actual hoo-ride. I don't think I've been on one since 1977 when my sister and I saddled up to beat down my younger sister's boyfriend. (it was a false alarm but we were ready!)

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