Reclaiming my life after a transplant
I had my stem cell transplant five years ago and then spent the next two years dealing with various complications. I was finally starting to regain my strength in 2018 and decided to return back to work. By then my job was already gone, and when I spoke with my former manager I realized that coming back to the same organization wasn't going to happen. I spent the next 8 months applying for jobs in my field and interviewing all over the country. I felt like my 2.5 years on disability was a real turn off for a lot of employers. Some even asked me what happened during that time.
I was finally able to get a job in California and left my family in the Midwest to reclaim my career. My youngest son was already in 11th grade by then and was busy in school and at his part-time job, and my husband gave me his blessing to do everything I needed to do to find a job.
We are finally together, in Arizona, where I was able to find my current job and we bought a house here. This whole journey has been tough. I'm still dealing with complications from my transplant and new health issues. I often come home from work very tired and have to go to bed early. My hematologist oncologist is two hours away from where I live, and I have to group my appointments and procedures together on the same day, so that I don't have to ask for many days off. I really don't want my employer to view me like I'm not able to perform as everyone else in my department. My current supervisor doesn't know my health history, and I want to keep my privacy.
What kind of experiences have you had returning to work, managing fatigue etc?