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Across a career of 27 years I worked in the Public Transport Unit with Grampian Region Council and a 999 call handler with Grampian Police, progressing to Deputy Shift Manager. I was then struck down with a mystery illness which resulted in me suffering severe chronic pain all down my left side.
I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord), a rare condition which affects about 1 in a million and a sister condition to M.S. This left me with mobility problems, which meant I had to use a crutch on a permanent basis. Eventually the demands of my job and coping with the pain became too much and I was forced to retire from full-time work, on the grounds of ill health.
After a while I realised sitting about all day surrounded by so much pain was doing me more harm than good and I set about sourcing some part-time work. This would get me back among adult company on a daily basis and help take my mind off the pain. I was offered a relief admin role with Aberdeenshire Council in 2016. This was a positive step which had a big impact for me at the time and for my future.
I am now working as an Admin Support Assistant within the Members Building Reception. I enjoy the fact I am customer facing, meaning I am always meeting/greeting visitors and speaking with people, which helps take my mind of my constant pain. I feel proud to hold a position that allows visitors and staff alike to see the Council promote equal opportunities.