Pregnancy and a Mother’s Cancer

Joan McGeough was pregnant with her second child when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer that had metastasized to her liver. Although she was given four to six months to live, Joan’s mother lived to see her new grandson’s first birthday.

Joan balanced the physical demands of pregnancy, her mother’s weekly chemotherapy treatments, and kept up her work as a marketing manager of nine employees. These life-altering events and grieving the death of her mother made Joan a more compassionate manager. The experience of grief made her aware of the impact grief, loss, and death has in the workplace. Now when a work colleague is grieving, Joan offers support and understanding that has grown from her own experience.