I am wishing you you an easy process with what is ahead. You have the right attitude in saying one thing leads to another. Friends are helpful during the process. Some of the best I met during cancer treatment.
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I so agree. I struggle because on the intellectual level it is easy to tell yourself what is right and what you should do, but I found myself continuing asking myself why professionals were acting as they were. Of course the answer was money and really there was no answer except I was an inconvenience. My father had passed away several years earlier and I kept thinking about how he would handle things. I decided to retire early because I had met all requirements and top management let up. My immediate supervisor gave me additional assignments and her boss gave me district assignments " because she wanted them done right." Because of my knowledge, top management needed me to give up vacation days the summer before retiring to write planning materials no one else knew how. The CEO would not pay me for the days so I told them I was going home. It was the first time I said no.
My employer did all kinds of improper and illegal things during my cancer times. I am thankful for the many people looking out for me in the HR offices who overhead things and had me complete forms to protect myself. I retired with over 100+ sick leave days and got very good at not being alone with any of the many top executives knowing they followed their own rules. My counselor has worked the last 12 years on the PTSD I've suffered.
I take arimidex and have body aches but just try to ignore them. I have had a really complex broken wrist where even specialists could not fix properly and after 2 weeks was sent to a large metro area to completely redo the surgery to fix it. 3 surgeries were necessary. I do now have osteoporosis and likely from the cancer medication. Who knows when I'll get off it I've been on it for over 10 years but better that than cancer.