Q: How has your work/school life been affected?
Responses with name, age at SCA and time since
The first year I struggled badly with going back to work where it happened and seeing the same people everyday. We’ve recently moved buildings and I’ve changed departments so it’s a new environment and it’s a lot better.
Imogen, 21, 2 years
I actually lost my job. I was a trainee hairdresser when it happened. I needed a lot of time off because I had OHS. My employer said either I come back full time or not at all. So I told her to shove her job my health is more important.
Amy, 17, 14 years
It took a few months getting into the wing of it. I get tired easier and have to take things easy so I don’t get a knock-on effect of tiredness
Natasha, 25, 4.5 years
No life has changed dramatically
Michelle, 43, 5 years
Take things slower
Pat, 51, 15 months
Not gone back to teaching yet – don’t feel able to deal with the stress yet
Michelle, 50, 1 year
Do most things as before
Joanne, 48, 23 months
Tracy, 50, 3 years
i do the same, work with children 3-4
Lynne, 47, 21 months
I am not back at work yet
Carly, 34, 1 month
Brenden, 56, 4 years
This is the most challenging part I find, my mind is so willing to do what i did but my body is no longer up to the daily grind….. the problem I have with self employment is no work no pay and with a young family and very little support it’s a real struggle to get to Wednesday let alone Friday
Ben, 32, 1 year 2 months
Yes still able to work in my job
Lee, 37, 5 1/2 years
Don’t know yet, still on the sick from work.
Joe, 52, 4 weeks
Slight adjustment at work
Stewart, 53, 3 years
Still work as a kindergarten teacher. Won’t say I am as good at it.
Robyn, 57, 18 months
I now work for myself following my SCA, and have certainly noticed differences. My memory is quite annoying, I can forget simply things from one day to the next and take notes upon notes. I’ve become a messy worker too, which before was certainly not me. But it works and I’m able to hold my head up high. Quite proud of myself really for my achievements since.
Judy, 39, 3 years
I went back to work as a nurse 5-6 weeks post sca, with hindsight this was too soon as I still had chest pains so I’d advise people to wait til they feel well enough. I’m still a nurse but moved to a more sedentary role.
Michelle, 42, 4 years
No longer able to work.
Anon, 36, 11 years
Got finished from work due to ill health
Dawn, 48, 3 years
As I said, I have retired. My work environment was getting too fraught and tense so I quit work at 62. I am glad I did.
Mark, 46, 23 years
Yes im a nursery nurse
Julie, 31, 8 years
Can’t fully comment on this yet.
Clare, 31, Almost 5 months.
I have know problems doing what I did before.My lifestyle has changed for the better
Sue, 51, 8 months
Just the same
Graeme, 36, 10 years
Not able to go out alone
Maureen, 68, 7 years
No. Working is difficult
Mark, 56, 14 months
Unable to work due to respiratory and memory issues
Kym, 40, 3 years
Occupational Health Report required
Lisa, 35, 4 months
Anon, 70, 10 months
It has taken me 7 years to get back to the stage I was in my work life, but I am there.
Lisa, 40, 7 years