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Leadership Lessons – What Happens When You Give

Last week I received a phone call from one of my Regional Franchise Consultants letting me know that one of our franchisees, Paul, was about to undergo a quadruple bypass.”

Paul has been a Glass Doctor franchisee in New York for more than 15 years, is a member of our Leadership Council, and is well-liked by all who know him. Another Leadership Council member reached out to him to find out what happened. Here is Paul’s reply:

I have a close friend, like a brother, in need of a kidney. The second I heard, I knew it was my calling to donate my kidney to him. I contacted my cardiologist, got approved. Then asked my family, they all gave me blessings to do this.

I had full work-up at hospital: blood, heart/blood pressure 24-hour monitor, stress test, colonoscopy. Passed all with flying colors. Gave us date for surgery. The last test needed was a CT scan of chest to determine if I had two kidneys and the roadmap to remove one. On that test they found calcium around the heart and I was kicked out of transplant.

Back to my cardio doctor—she said the only test that can truly tell what is going on inside my arteries is a catheterization. Due to the past tests and fact I have been doing intense cardio exercises the last 12 months, she didn’t think it was necessary but to be 100 percent sure we decided to have done.

Last Wednesday I was tested and I am 95 percent blocked in 4 main arteries. All the doctors I have talked to say that without trying to donate, this never would have been found until too late. They say God works in mysterious ways, and the calling I heard to donate was for my health.

So what I have been saying to friends is there is a test called an ultra-fast CT scan of heart. This test scores calcium around the heart. It wouldn’t tell what is inside but gives idea if further testing is warranted and gives you a baseline for future testing. Nuclear stress test are also an important tool for diagnosing potential issues.  

Good luck and thank you for all your prayers.

Paul’s life is about to get better because he wanted to donate a kidney. Had he not wanted to donate I’m not sure how much longer he would have lived.

Leaders understand the word “selfish” should not be in their vocabularies.

Paul’s family wasn’t selfish, either, and supported Paul as he tried to donate a kidney. I remember talking to Paul before he was going to donate the kidney – then talked with him soon after he found out he couldn’t. He was so disappointed as he wanted to help his good friend. But, as Paul said, “God works in mysterious ways”.

Leaders know this, too.

I look forward to seeing many of you in San Antonio.

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