I haven't posted for a while but felt after yesterday I would let you all know what I have been up too! My new years resolution was to fight back and get my life on track. I still have a long time to live (I hope) so want to do just that.
I decided that I would go against my doctors orders and find a job and get back on the treadmill of life. I January I applied for about 70 jobs and got interviewed for one very quickly. I aced the 1st interview and went for a second that included an 1/2 day introduction to what I would be doing. I thought "yes I can do this" and a few days later I was offered the position of "Job Coach delivering the Work Program".
Yes I am working for a company delivering the work program and its given me an whole new slant on what its trying to achieve. It can do good things so long as the company that is running the program is employing people who really understand the barriers people face. The company that has employed me actually like to employ people like me that has suffered (and still does) from barriers to work.
Yesterday I had the unfortunate problem of having to deal with a couple of people that should not have even been refereed to the program. They were far to ill. Thankfully I have a boss that is approachable and understanding. I spoke to him and he has advised me to refer them to something completely different that does not cause them stress and suffering and that is dedicated to helping these people.
The downside of going back to work is that my fibro and depression levels have increased and I am in a bit of pain with dark thoughts. I will battle on and if necessary ask to make adjustments to my hours to help.
So if you get put on the work program and live near Leeds you never know you might get me helping you. There is things we can all do work wise. I think its just a case of being sensible about our choices and the experience and understanding of those that are there to help.
Keep fighting on my fibro friends. Life isnt over because we have been handed this pain. Its just a reason to fight harder.