Hi, I was diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer in April and had a full hysterectomy in May. I am currently undergoing chemotherapy every 3 weeks. I have been extremely fortunate that the main side effects I have experienced are severe pins and needles and numbness in my hands and feet and chronic fatigue. Radiotherapy will also follow chemotherapy. I have tried to remain as positive as possible throughout my treatment but at times my mental health has been affected.
My boss has been in contact on a weekly basis to update me on work related issues and to assess when I will be able to return to work. I gave my permission for an occupational health assessment to be undertaken from the outset but I have not yet been referred. I understand a back to work plan has been put in place but I am not aware of its content.
During the last conversation she began to pressurise me into accepting a home computer so I could undertake work during chemo sessions. I reiterated that I had never worked from home during the pandemic as I did not have adequate space and have discussed work with my oncologist on more than one occasion and told I needed to concentrate on my treatment and recovery at the moment.
She ends every conversation saying she will continue to support my absence for at the moment but this may change going forward.
I have continually had to request copies of weekly discussions and am still awaiting sight of the back to work plan. I have now requested that conversations are held monthly as I am finding the whole situation very stressful and am questioning myself whether to continue with treatment.
Any advice you can give would be very much appreciated.