John Lauffer

“Our relationship has grown since I was sick. My wife took care of me when I wasn’t able to do things for myself. She saw me at my best and worst. I look at her differently.”

Two years ago, I had sudden pain in the evening and it turned out to be pancreatic cancer. It was a very scary, unsettling time in my life. I started wondering how much time am I going to have left. I thought about that a lot during the time I was sick. I looked at things differently, became less tense, and began to trust that everything was going to work out okay because faith got me through all of this, with my church in Pittsburgh and my family. And my wife and I? Our relationship has grown so much since that time because she took care of me every day, when I wasn’t able to do things for myself. She saw me at my best and worst. I look at her differently. Our relationship is better than it’s ever been.

At work, when somebody has a problem, I seem to be the one trying to bring things into perspective. I’ve been working there a long time and in the past, I had a temper. My coworkers would say “John, calm down. It’s not that important in the scheme of things.” They were right. You look at things differently when you’ve been through something like this. You realize all of the gifts that you have around you, and every little thing means a lot. Just by getting up in the morning and seeing the beauty of the day, and looking at my wife and seeing how pretty she is, and how nice of a house that I have, and how much I’ve been blessed and able to do the things I’ve done in my life.

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