Back in Action: Greg Carney Talks About Returning to Work; Shares Thanks for Industry Support
August 27, 2009
"I spent 41 days in the hospital and when I returned to work
I was amazed at how much had gone in the glass industry," says
Greg Carney, technical director for the Glass Association of North
America (GANA), who was hospitalized earlier this year for congestive
heart failure (CLICK
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like that you really have the opportunity to realize how much goes
Carney, who says he's feeling better everyday, has been back to
work since late June and says he's been re-adjusting quite well
thanks to all of the help and support he received from the GANA
"Urmilla Sowell (GANA assistant technical director) picked
things up and kept them moving," says Carney. "She did
a great job of working on some Glass Informational Bulletins and
some ASTM projects, but really, it was everyone at 'Team Topeka'
that made it easy for me to get back to normal work."
But the help, support and encouragement was not limited to those
within GANA; it was industry-wide.
"The number of cards, letters and phone calls was just overwhelming
with people keeping me in their thoughts and prayers. I appreciate
that so much as it made it easy for me to get back to work-it made
me want to get back," says Carney, who adds, "I have shoeboxes
filled with cards that were all so encouraging and brought smiles
to my face."
Now that Carney is back at home and at work, he says the time he
spent in the hospital opened his eyes to a lot.
"We don't realize what the road of life does to us until we
survive something like this and I'm lucky to have survived it,"
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