Interestingly 43% of the participants surveyed about going back to work reported a deterioration of work life following cancer and only 15% reported being treated unfairly.
I never resigned when I was told I had cancer, and I was clear about being keen to return to work as I walked away from a permanent part-time position a year ago. I was prepared to take a year to treat and recover from cancer and of course, they replaced me so my tasks could be performed.
I truly feel very deflated after a phone conversation yesterday about my returning to my job and was told "We are looking for some-one to fill in the lunch time section of the day!" and you will do the 12 to 4 shift.
This is spoken to some one who prior to moving to Tasmania had worked full time since the day she left high school. I had not had children, and found that the income I had earned over my life time so far was always a necessity, not a hobby job. I had 20 fabulous full time years of hairdressing, and recently 5 as a pharmacy assistant. I always aimed high.
So with my bit between my teeth and a firm smile planted on my face, I return on Melbourne Cup Day, to start again. With what I now feel is a "charity" position!
Be grateful I have a job, I get told, of course I am, but I have always had a job, so I am kinda used to that. Fear, yes, Im scared of going back there, I feel like it will be a first day.
I know they didnt expect me to go back, I really think they thought I would not survive. So now I have another new start and ice to break.
Am I able to put a smile on my face, hold my head up high, and work hard, damn straight.
My hour a day walks are helping me to gain strength and my head says "Harden up, time to go back to the real world!"
Let me know what you experienced, open arms, or wariness??