Hi all, I hope you’re having a good day.
I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2015. I have been working since then, reduced my days in 2017 due to fatigue, but it’s now becoming clear that though I’ve been trying to carry on as if I’m OK and can cope, I really can’t. Work is making me feel incredibly depressed because I can’t manage it - I can’t concentrate, forget everything, and the fatigue is awful. I’m working from home at the moment but can’t imagine going back into the office, though even being at home I just constantly dread work and am so scared of making a big mistake all the time, have to read emails over and over before I can make sense of them etc. The situation is making me constantly depressed and anxious and having a real impact on my family.
I’ve worked out what I think I’d be entitled to from my pension which isn’t loads but should just about keep us afloat, though I think the money is less important than my emotional well being, and my health - I’m worried that the stress of work is going to cause a relapse.
I’d really like any advice from anyone who was working in the NHS who took ill-health retirement, I just don’t know how to do this. Do I need to go off sick and go from there? I’m assuming I can’t just say ‘please can I retire?’.
Thanks for any help