@MissP wrote: I’m a secondary Food Technology teacher and I was diagnosed in March, had my operation in April and have been off work since then. I really miss work but also understand that the nature of condition and certain side affects will make it difficult for me to do so. Having gone to Occupational Health, I’ve been told that my main priority should be ME, getting through treatment and recovery. I have 6 cycles of FEC-T and then 3 weeks of Radio Therapy to go through. There seems to be a total lack of understanding on the part of my employers, they are following their procedures and seem not to realise that I now have a disability and how it is affecting me mentally, physically and emotionally. This illness is not of my own choosing. I went one day before my chemo started and was told that “I looked really well considering”, I’d made a huge effort to look okay and this seems to have counted against me. I have good days and bad days, on my bad days I really don’t want to go back into work even though I love my job. I sit crying, shaking about what will happen when I go back. In this day and age when Education has, in some ways become a business, the mealy mouth platitudes surrounding veiled threats is wearing me down. Hi Miss P My employer wasn't great and Head said 'she only has cancer' to my colleagues about me. That said, my union NASUWT was brilliant and 'held my hand' and guided me throughout my return to work. I know exactly what you mean by wanting to look 'normal' and healthy then being penalised for it!
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