Monday, May 12, 2014

Hey, bosses--someone under you sick?

This is for all bosses and human resources departments with employees battling serious illnesses.

Bryan Bishop is the sidekick known as Bald Bryan to radio and podcast personality Adam Carolla. I recently picked up Bishop's "cancer memoir" titled Shrinkage.

We have all seen actors vomiting from chemo and regrettably many of us have known non-actors who have undergone cancer treatment. But this book--kind of self-absorbed, kind of breathless and very candid--with "corrections" from Bishop's beloved wife Christie--really lays out the brutal effects of  trying to shrink an inoperable brain stem tumor.

Of course, the couple is also trying to get married, manage without jobs, juggle well-meaning families, and describe and fight back against certain doctors lacking in the charm department. Dr. Drew, for instance, has been known to pronounce "death sentence" when he hears of people's diagnoses--and he is one they like.

We all know chemo can make you throw up and lose your hair (Bishop's was already gone, so no problem). But what you will learn is how chemo and radiation slam the entire body--Bishop could not dress himself, walk without help, eat without help, or even speak clearly without slurring as his brain was bombarded.

This is where supervisors and HR departments come in. This book can advance understanding of what your colleague may be going through. Despite a boss who Bishop features  in his Biggest Douchebags I Have Known segment, Bishop's colleagues stand by him pretty well. I was not clear on his insurance situation, though Cobra was mentioned, so maybe he was  not with Carolla anymore. I am not clear on that. I know Carolla stood by him--as did hundrreds including Jimmy Kimmel who attended a fundraiser for the Bishops.

Remember--you could land on Mount Douchemore--so proceed accordingly.

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