My twin sister passed away 4 weeks ago at the age of 37 after an 8 month battle with stomach cancer. In addition to that, shortly before she died we discovered that her cancer was due to a rare genetic mutation that myself and our mum also have. I am waiting to have preventative major surgery done otherwise I will end up down the same road. I feel like my life has been taken away too. I have a young son who is the only reason I haven't taken my own life so far in this hideous journey. I haven't been able to return to my job yet either, I had only just returned from maternity leave when my sister was diagnosed and had managed to return for a few months before she died.
I am getting so much pressure from my husband and my relatives to return to work. They think it will do my good, but they don't understand that I feel like I have lost my ability to work too. As I am a healthcare professional I don't want to be in that environment ever again and feel like resigning and walking away from my career. I am under so much pressure to return and feel like they don't understand why I can't.