People close to me will know that a friend had a stroke at the end of November.
Luckily it was quite mild, (she was treated quickly), but she's had to drop her full-time job to part-time hours because she's still recovering, and getting very tired.
When I saw her last night, she told me she feels her employers are working to have her 'medically retired', and that she is a 'problem' that they are trying to 'tidy away'.
She's worked for her employer for many years. Naturally she doesn't want to lose her job, but it seems everyone she has been sent to, (in order to decide 'what happens next)',is somehow connected with said employer.
Last night, (while quietly talking to me), she was nearly in tears. She seemed pale, and more fragile than I have ever seen her.
She doesn't yet know if the 'pay off' will be enough for her to manage on, and is feeling that she doesn't really matter anymore, anyway.
Somehow a hug from me didn't seem like enough.
No one should be made to feel like she does, and she really doesn't need the worry of all this, on top of everything else she is going through.
The reason I'm writing this, is that she is proof that sickness and disability can happen to anyone at any time! It isn't a choice.
Please don't ever assume that it won't happen to you, or that you won't need help and support.
Her life changed forever, in a couple of minutes or less. So could yours!