Special delivery: Postmaster returns to thank nurses who helped him fight stage 4 cancer

After 35 years as a postmaster, Steven Saylor was nearly ready for retirement. He wasn’t ready for a stage 4 lymphoma diagnosis, let alone eight weeks in the hospital. It’s enough to make anyone a little grumpy.

“I was a bit of a complainer, to be frank,” Saylor admits. “My entire life I worked in management, and I saw things that could have been done better and I pointed them out to the manager, Rebecca, and honestly speaking she took my suggestions to heart. Rebecca and her team did a fantastic job. I can’t speak enough to the team and how well they cared for me.”

To show his appreciation, the veteran postmaster returned to the hospital with a special delivery to thank his care team for their amazing work.

Saylor also shared the best gift of all — news of his remission.

“We spend a lot of time with patients like Steve who are being treated for cancer; we get to know them well and they become part of our family,” says Rebecca Howat, nursing manager of oncology care at Advocate Sherman Hospital. “Knowing our care for a patient made a difference in their life fills us up and serves as a reminder of why we chose this profession. Steve’s remission is the best news we could receive.”


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