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Life, Changes, and Healthcare

Although I enjoy change, some change really sucks!

The above statement was posted by a friend who just found out that her position was being eliminated. For those who have had to face a job loss, and I am one of them, most of us would have preferred advance notice and the opportunity to prepare for it. Regrettably, most work-related reduction-in-forces (RIFs) or terminations don’t happen this way.

Yesterday’s afternoon news feeds on most media announced that Arizona’s Senior Senator, John McCain, received a diagnosis of glioblastoma or brain cancer. The diagnosis follows surgery that was performed last week to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye, and that clot turned out to be a sign that a tumor called a glioblastoma had begun growing. According to Senator McCain’s doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. His family and doctors are deliberating next treatment options.

Some changes really suck!

While writing some well wishes to our Senior Senator, it occurred to me that both my friend and Mr. McCain have had sudden changes thrust upon them without any warning. Losing employment for my friend not only means the absence of a regular paycheck, but also the healthcare that her company provides. John McCain’s absence from the Senate comes at a critical time when the legislative body is debating the future of healthcare in this country.

What should not be missed in these moments is how quickly a job loss or a serious medical diagnosis can create major turmoil in one’s life and that of your family members….and when members of the United States Congress enjoy some of the best healthcare in this country, these unfortunate circumstances are often overlooked and missed!

My prayers include a new job for my friend and healing grace for Senator John McCain!



About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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