I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which had spread to my lymph nodes in July 2012. I had a total thyroidectomy and neck dissection in Sept 2012 followed by RAI in Nov 2012 and July 2013. Sadly my cancer does not respond to the RAI and I still have cancer in my neck. The medical plan now is to wait and watch and when it is big enough to operate on, I will then have surgery followed by chemo and radiotherapy. I have the awful symptoms of no thyroid going from hypo to hyper. My meds have not been right at anytime since my thyroidectomy. Now with the stress of all this, I suffer with anxiety and related poor cognition, memory and poor decision making.
I have counselling via the Mac Nurses.
I returned to work as a Social Worker following my first RAI and struggled even with reduced hours.
My Occupational Health nurse put me forward for medical retirement 3 months ago. The bureaucratic wheels turn slowly and nothing feels much further forward. Does anyone have experience of medical retirement that could offer me any advice on what I need to do to support my case? I am not being paid anymore and am terrified this won't go through. I have heard that under employment law I could be dismissed because of my incapability to do my job!