Few things in life form deeper human connections than times of struggle. As I sit here and look back over my time in this 4-person room on the 16th floor of the NYU Medical Center, this fact is made all the more abundantly clear.

Listening to the incessant, dull gong of the medical equipment, ringing over the hushed voices of loved ones, reminds you of what really matters in life. It makes you more aware of how you treat those around you and brings into account what you can do to ease the burden of others.

At the end of the day what does anything else matter?

They are moving my Russian neighbor down to the ICU tonight. Apparently he isn’t doing as well as they’d hoped. I gave his wife and daughter a hug and told them I’d be praying for them. It looks like I won’t see the sweet Italian grandmother again either. She came by tonight and asked if I would like her to bring me some of her homemade Italian food for lunch tomorrow. It was almost enough for me to┬áthink about delaying my release! She and I had talked earlier in the day, and as she told me stories of growing up in Italy, with fresh food straight from the earth, her thick Italian accent just transported me to a magical place. I can only image the effect of her cooking.

The connections I have made with these people have touched me and I am glad that each of them were a part of this experience. I’d also like to include the staff of the 16th floor in this list. They honestly helped me get through this more than they could know. We shared a lot of jokes and had a lot of fun, even despite the fact that I was hooked up to a chemo bag the whole time. Honestly the care could not have been better and I appreciate everything that they did to make these days go by as painlessly as possible.

My Italian grandfather neighbor just turned out his lights and said goodnight, so on that note I think I’ll join him. I hope everyone has a good night!

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3 Responses to Connections

  1. susan fusch says:

    Dear Rob,
    I am one of the TCA ‘momma bears’ that got the email from Candy that your mom said was ok to send out. I am in awe of the power of God in your life in the way you are going at this. You are my new hero and I can guess to lots of others too. Sent to Craig too so you can count on the Fusch fam to love you and lift you to God’s throne in your time of need. Love your blogs, keep em coming…makes us know what really matters. And a favorite verse I will ask God for you, ‘the Lord WILL watch over Rob’s coming and going, both now and forevermore, Psalm 121:8. Love and hugs to you Rob! Susan Fusch

    • Rob says:

      Thank you so much for the note Mrs. Fusch! God’s hand has truly been evident in every step of this process and it is amazing to behold first hand. I appreciate you taking the time to reach out and I hope this finds you and all of your family doing well!

  2. marques says:

    “But because I can find them so easily in myself, I no longer need them.”
    That’s a quote from one of my favorite books, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. It refers to people we meet and share our lives with for short spells, and how, although a distance may form between us, we never lose them, we change because of them.

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