Living with integrity and grabbing hold of faith
Jim had served in the US Navy for 14 years before joining the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, being a Navy veteran is one of the biggest risk factors for mesothelioma because until the 1990s, you couldn’t bang a pipe on a Navy vessel without asbestos dust falling off it.
However, Jim has never let his misfortune make him cynical. After he recovered from his first major surgery, Jim’s employer made generous accommodations to allow him to work around the chronic fatigue that mesothelioma patients experience. As grateful as Jim was for this, it didn’t feel right to him. “Eventually I felt like I was defrauding them, not doing the job I was supposed to do, so I took a medical retirement.”
Jim found a new purpose after he read the book “Don’t Waste Your Cancer” by Christian theologian John Piper. He joined a family-church support group and resolved to grow in his faith by reaching out and helping others in need.