I knew of NPL because I did NPL Academy when I was at school, so I knew it would be of interest. I’ve been working here for 6 years now. I take part in a lot of Outreach activity participating in events like Big Bang Birmingham and New Scientists Live.
Thankfully I have a great relationship with my manager and we managed to work through it.
Just before the pandemic I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. It was quite poorly managed pre-covid and then I was one of the first people back on-site. After two years of lockdown, I found this very stressful which led to me becoming quite unwell.
There was a moment when I thought “I can’t do this anymore".
The thing that’s helped me the most is just being very candid and transparent. It’s hard and it can be embarrassing, but letting people know how you’re feeling is far more important because then people can give you some slack or help you juggle responsibilities.
There is no rhyme or reasons to my disability. People can be embarrassed to discuss that with people, particularly if it’s an invisible disability.