FCE Culture of Caring: Genny

Culture of Caring aims to create a positive mindset and awareness of safety by helping employees stay engaged, watching out for one another, and seeking to reduce risk in our work.



In our construction projects, we deal with crazy, strange situations all the time, something comes up, you figure it out, address it, and move on. And that way of living and way of working help me through this. Because if something comes up, OK. We deal with it. We address it. We move on. I think that was part of why I was prepared.

If you're going to wear a wig, you might as well have fun with it. So I got the blue wig first. And I showed one of our coworkers in Ireland. And he said, well, where is your green wig for Ireland? Where is your green wig? So I had to get the green wig. I wore that on Saint Paddy's Day, sent pictures to the Irish team. That was my Irish, green wig.


Got home from vacation. Tried to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, thinking it was something related to that. And the appointment was three months away. I was trying to clear up my sniffing and dot the I's before I had my one-on-one with my boss, Francisco. And I didn't do a good job. Because when we were talking, I was sniffing. And he's like, oh, are you are you getting a cold? It's like, no, and started crying again.

Told him about the discomfort and the appointment three months away. He was like, you're getting off the phone now. You're calling the Intel Health For Life people and and making an appointment. I was like, no, no, no. It's fine. No, you're doing it right now. That's your job, right now. So I did. And they got me in the next day. And everything happened from there, crazy fast.

As an engineer, you don't want to make an assumption until you have the facts. So it was like, well, OK. We're just going to keep going through this until we have some facts to figure out what it really is. Because no one can say it's cancer or not until you really biopsy the mass. And that didn't happen until after surgery. So you just keep going. You take it as it comes. And give me the data, and then I'll react.

This is a little bit more sensitive because this cancer could come back. There's an 80% chance that it could come back, statistically speaking. That's within five years. So you have that in the back of your mind. But you forget about that, and just keep going, and look at all the good, fun stuff that you're dealing with in life that comes-- work, and personal, and the fun, the challenges. We keep going.

I feel great. I'm getting stronger all the time. I just traveled to visit my parents and was able to help them with their chores around their house. And it was good. There's always times when you get negative and down. But. yeah, I mean, life is life is good. It's worth living. It's worth being part of. There's so much beauty in the world.

Oh. look at this one. If you're here, you might as well keep fighting, right? Keep going. Build your life. And another important piece for me, I think, is to thank Francisco for pushing me to make that appointment. It was a fast-moving cancer, fast-growing.

And if I had waited a couple of weeks, it could have moved from stage three to stage four. Because it was so fast growing and because they caught it when they did, I had so much success with the surgery and the treatment. So I potentially owe Francisco my life. [LAUGHS] And if not that, a much better outcome. So thank you, Francisco.