Back to Work

I was lucky enough that there was a job that I could do, even though the job did not really exist and there were a couple of other people already doing it. I just had to accept anything that could be offered to me. I was just desperate to get back to work and normality.

Even though the role meant I was in a role I would never have thought about applying for nor was it a department I held in the highest regard, if truth be known.

I had to also put up with snide and immature jokes. Sometimes a couple of people may make fun out of the fact that there so many people in the same office doing the job and I must say that I found this funny too. However, looking back, I wish I had said something and confronted the individual.

I was doing a job I initially didn't want to do, but based on my health I had no other options. I wish I would have stated that this is not my choice and so called funny and amusing comments don't help! I want to stay in work and this is the only option I have. As I wish I had said that, but I was just so desperate to fit t back in, I would just laugh along or smile to show that I was not offended.

Off course I can take a joke and enjoy work place banter, one of my colleagues used to joke about the distance to travel for the next meeting and would offer me a piggy back. This I saw as acceptable, as it is light hearted humour and didn't question my position/job.

Even though I was doing a role that I did not want to do or have an interest in, as mentioned earlier this was my opportunity. I still wanted to be good at it! I wanted to prove to myself and others that I was not just a square peg in a round hole. So, I set about reading every manual, policy document, ways of working and attending training sessions that the company had created for this department. I wanted to know everything about the role and how I could be the best at it.

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Even though I was doing a role that I did not want to do or have an interest in, as mentioned earlier this was my opportunity. I still wanted to be good at it! I wanted to prove to myself and others that I was not just a square peg in a round hole. So, I set about reading every manual, policy document, ways of working and attending training sessions that the company had created for this department. I wanted to know everything about the role and how I could be the best at it.

During this time, circumstances changed within the department and my two colleagues who were previously doing the role, were successful in finding other roles they were waiting for. This created a My health condition had also been overseen by a number of consultants and experts at the hospital and I was eventually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

In the following twelve months the job I was doing was officially offered the job I had been doing and this was fantastic! I finally felt out of "limbo land"

Things continued to progress successfully in this role, from great relationships with my staff and boss to performing my role to high levels and in some cases reaching targets that had never even been reached.

However, from a health point of view things were becoming increasingly difficult. Luckily my direct managers saw this and made adaptations and amendments to my job role. This was great and very helpful and was done in an appropriate way and didn't make me feel awkward or anything like that.

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