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Disability Narratives

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Interview excerpt: Being referred to occupational health relieved Milembe of the guilt of not being able to work when being treated for cancer, and helped her managers better understand her needs.

Portrait of Milembe© Disability NarrativesBut in between that, they referred me to the occupational health. And actually in my opinion, that was the best part of how to manage my illness. It took my guilty bits out. Because they understood me better than work, in my opinion.

[And] I think [occupational health] is more respected by the managers. So if it is stated you can do two hours every other day, for seven weeks you feel if you [need to] drop out, you can drop out, you don't have to feel so bad. And I think getting those feelings like you're accepted, during your recovery period, without having to have those little guilty feelings, or being made to feel as if you're letting people down, I think it was the most useful thing in my case.