I was on Mat leave from an excellent job. Great boss, state pension, loved my colleagues, own office.....but a long commute from home. 8 month old son, and before I even got pregnant was hanging onto my job by the skin of my teeth. I had no life to speak of, just work, eat, sleep. I had a fulltime creche place booked for my son for Jan but I started examing how I felt about fulltime work.
I thought about asking for a career break but that just felt like delaying the decision. Or job-share - but it would still exhaust me because of the commute. I realise now, if I'm honest with myself, that I can only really work part-time, because of MS fatigue. I have fought this decision for years, pretending I didn't have MS, pretending I could keep going. But I can't. My husband said that by Wed of a fulltime working week I'd take to bed by 8pm just to make it through the next day and I'd be in so much pain that even a door banging would go through my head. I'd lie in bed for weekends to keep going.
I found having a new-born baby less ardous than my daily commute, so that's when I realised that I needed to change this situation.
I am going to my GP next week to ask him to sign me onto disability and I will look for a 1 or 2 day job. I visited my boss yesterday and quit. I felt sad, but also like I am making the right decision. So conflicted about it all.