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Something happened.

May 17, 2010

Owning your own business can be terrifying. And being a husband-and-wife company can be even scarier…so much so that sometimes you choose NOT to think about what you would do if “something happened”. As in “what would we do if one of us had an accident?” … “what if one of the kids gets sick?” … “what if we need to care for our parents?” These are serious questions, but honestly, if you let your head go there all the time, you’d pretty much just… well, hide.

Recently, “something happened.” Actually, the day of my last blog post, John was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma…yep, the C word. Cancer. At first, it felt like the world was spinning out of control. Words like “bone marrow biopsy,” “chemotherapy,” and “cancer” circled my head like Pigpen’s dust cloud. What would we do? How would the company work if John was sick? What would our clients think? What about the children?

We decided to tackle this cancer thing just like a fleet decal project…it’s a long-term thing, and it’s hard work, but there’s an end in sight…and you definitely come out the other side! John’s lucky…at his age and stage, his cancer has a 95% cure rate, and involves only 6 months of chemotherapy. It’s still a tough road, but we can handle it. And now we know that every other Friday we have a solid five hours to work on designs!

We’re proud that even with three months of chemo, in 2010 our business has grown about 48% over last year and we’ve hired installation help. Nothing like a little cancer to kick you in the butt to do something you should’ve years ago.

One thing that has suffered a little is the time I’m available to update our social media sites. I promise I’ve not disappeared…just taken a little breather…I’m still here!

And, though I didn’t think it was possible, our partnership and our marriage is stronger. We already organized our lives to maximize family time, but now we appreciate every single moment, with our family and the business. Even when a job is postponed…rather than get disappointed, we now see that as a gift…a moment to reflect and reorganize.

So, do you keep yourself up nights worrying about what might come your way? Don’t. Just know that if “something happens,” you’ll come out stronger on the other side. I would love to hear about a time “something happened” in your life and how you landed on the other side.

If you want to learn more about the specifics of John’s battle and join us as we form a team for Light the Night 2010 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (to help find a cure!), please visit Team In-Depth’s LTN site. Team In-Depth…stickin’ it to cancer.