Amy Y. on December 20, 2016
So I've been out of work on short-term disability since mid-September of this year. I went through breast cancer treatment in 2013 - surgery, chemo, radiation - then started tamoxifen. I left my job at the hospital i worked at as a writer when I went out on medical leave in Feb. 2013. I'd been there 9 years and was very successful. Throughout my treatment and until last November, I freelanced. I started to notice some issues while I was freelancing - that writing, which I had been doing for a living for almost two decades, was feeling hard. That I wasn't enjoying it. Even the writing I was going for my previous employer, that should have been easy. Still, I assumed I was just burned out.
In November 2015, I started a new, high level position at WGBH in Boston. It was full time- and I really struggled. I became concerned about my performance, or lack thereof, so i went to see a chemobrain specialist at Brigham and Women's in Boston upon a dr. friend's suggestion. Dr. Fremonte Meyer suspected that I was having genuine symptoms, and I've since completed cognitive testing that showed significant deficits in focus, attention and memory. My doctors are recommending that I don't go back to work yet (although I never want to go back to the position I was in anyhow). They are pushing for me to wait until i start cognitive rehab in late January and see how things go. My short term disability ended last Friday and I'm waiting to hear about long term- I also just received an FMLA form from WGBH yesterday. I don't know if I should hold onto my old job or not for now. (first question) This is all very unsettling. I was thinking of maybe asking my employer about part time possibilities in another department?? Any insight/advice you can give would be much appreciated.
Amy - a 48 year old mom of two boys