Today is a day of mixed feelings even though I knew it was coming. My status with my employer of over 30 years was changed to 'retired' today. I've been on a medical leave for the past year while I exhausted FMLA, short term disability benefits and got onto long term benefits. Despite my diagnosis I managed to continue to work full time in a demanding job all while raising my daughter as a single parent. (30+ years is my complete history with the company. The last 17 were with M.S.) So working fro this company has been a huge part of my life. Even though I knew it was coming to a close, its feels strange.
Two years ago they started a new management initiative that put everyone on edge about their jobs and assignments. It dragged on and on and on before we were told what it meant to us as individuals. In the meantime, we were all under terrible stress and pressure. I don't handle that well and it took a toll on me...causing my symptoms to flare up to the point that I couldn't be as productive as I needed to be. The last straw for me was when they abruptly laid off over 300+ from my department including long time friends of mine and my awesome manager.
Between this change in circumstance, my move into my new home next week and switching from Tysabri to Ocrevus in a few months, I think my plate is a little too full. Crazy, right? But...it all had to happen the way it did due to the situations outside of my control. Onward to new chapters!