Unfortunately, my employer at the time wasn't understanding or supportive. I was made to work long hours, given impossible deadlines and an unfair contract. I walked out of that role and had a breakdown. I was signed off by my GP with workplace stress.
Macmillan supported me throughout. They really, really helped make a difference. They gave me advice on returning to work and my rights. I was also sent the Macmillan work and cancer toolkit to take to my employer.
Because of the information from Macmillan, I took my employer to court and managed to win a case for discrimination. Without the information about my rights, I wouldn't have won my court case. It’s one positive to come out of everything.
Recovering from surgery and returning to work proved extremely difficult, but Macmillan supported me throughout. Nobody with cancer should have to fight their employers at the same time – the cancer’s tough enough by itself.