I find myself in an uneasy position since I survived a heart attack. After a rewarding 30+ year career in the public relations field, I am no longer able to go to work. I was in deep denial about this turn of events in the early months, desperate to return to the work I loved and to those I loved working with.
I felt even crazily hopeful that I might be somehow able to feel “normal” again if only I could just get back to my office. So after three months, I tried a return-to-work trial, half days only to start. But it very quickly became apparent to me (and, unfortunately, to my colleagues) that I was just no longer able to function while juggling multiple deadlines, all due yesterday – the normal hair-on-fire pace in the world of PR. My doctor ordered me off work on extended medical leave.
Ironically, it turns out that having a job may be far better for our health than not working. Continue reading