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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 31st, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)

People at work

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Hey Matt, now that you've been back at work for a bit, how about saying something like this when people ask for an update: "Thanks for your concern. I've realized that it's better if I don't talk about it at work - it's the one break I have from focusing on it. I update the blog regularly so you can find the latest there if you want."

The people you work with genuinely care, and want to help. So they might feel badly to learn later that you didn't want to talk about it there. So, you owe it to yourself and to them to tell them what you need here.

You could even send an email to the office... couple it with "Now that I've been back for a bit, I'd like to thank you all for your incredible support..."

BTW, I do know what you mean on wanting the break there. When my sister was in the final stages of her battle with cancer, and then when she passed, I really didn't want to talk about it there - it was my oasis of sanity. Yet the caring the people at work exhibited was one of the things I was most grateful for. It's a balancing act, but it's ok to tell people what you need.

Good to see the close up pic of Nicole posted again.

Thinking of you often.
Roberta
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From:vienneau
Date:June 1st, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)

Re: People at work

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Hi Roberta,

Good advice, and I made use of it today. Managed to get quite a bit done at work as well as stay there for a full six hours!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)

Re: People at work

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Yeah!! Glad it helped ;-)
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