What would you say has been your biggest challenge along the way?
A few months before I started my job I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and was still recovering from surgery, while also adjusting to a new treatment. I suffered chronic pain, chronic fatigue – all new sensations from my treatment which I had never felt before. I didn’t know what to expect from my body; some days I would be sitting at my desk with a hot water bottle on my front and my back, and my chair laid as far back as possible.
Not only was the physical side challenging enough, but mentally I was so worried about people judging me, or feeling like I was a disappointment if I had to take a sick day. But my team has been so understanding of my chronic conditions, and since the pandemic, I have seen a massive shift in culture towards appreciating people’s personal circumstances.
Whether that be a disability or chronic condition, being a working parent or being in-between living situations. I’m very grateful that, instead of forgetting about all that now we are coming to the other side of this pandemic, it’s become the norm to offer flexibility and be understanding of one another.