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Support from Walmart, Through Pregnancy and Cancer

Jacqueline Hackett, Walmart Associate

In January, I’ll celebrate my 15th anniversary at Walmart store 879 in Lafayette, Tenn.  My story of opportunity is similar to hundreds of thousands of others at this company. I started as a cashier and, after earning several promotions, now work as a zone merchandise supervisor over grocery. I know firsthand how Walmart rewards people who work hard. I also know how Walmart and my fellow associates treat and support soon-to-be mothers.

Today I lead a relatively normal life -- working at Walmart and providing for my two children. But in late 2003, my life was anything but normal. Shortly have receiving the wonderful news that I was pregnant with my first child, I was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a scary time and one I’m not sure I could have gotten through alone. Thankfully, I didn’t have to. Walmart was extremely supportive. They were very accommodating and allowed me to have a very flexible schedule. They gave me time off for treatments and time off after because of the sickness it caused. They were really good about it.

In May 2004, I took my three-month maternity leave and continued to go to chemo therapy until two months after my daughter was born. The associates in my store were my rock through it all. I don’t think I would have made it through everything without them – they’ve become my family.

I love working for this company. It was very good to me during both my pregnancies. It gave me the support I needed. My job also helps me provide for both my kids. Another story similar to hundreds of thousands of people who have worked for Walmart.