Do you believe in fairy tales?
In early 2020, my life was suddenly turned upside down. I was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and began a lengthy course of treatment. Twelve months later, I had a medical to assess my health for work; the conclusion was that I could not go back to my old job of operator. So, while things were bad enough already with the cancer, I now had to worry about my future, my job, and my income too.
I ended up on a ‘second track’ at Stap Nu, where they were very helpful in supervising my return to work. My coach, Dyon Klaassen, and I had a look at what would, and would not, suit my personal work capacity and what I wanted to do. Although we focused on finding different work, I still hoped, and longed, to be able to stay at Meldon Plastics | Extrusion Intelligence. And, after much blood, sweat and tears, as I proceeded along the ‘track’, my wish had more and more chance of becoming a reality. Bit by bit, my health returned, the results from the hospital were favorable and I started to work more and more hours in my old job.
Inmiddels bijna 2,5 jaar na de diagnose is het mij gelukt om volledig te re-integreren. I’m so proud of that achievement. But I’m grateful too: Grateful that I was able to survive it all, physically and mentally. Grateful that I’m surrounded by people who are there for me, through thick and thin. But also grateful that I have an employer who supported me, and allowed me the time and space to recover.
That’s my personal fairy tale. En om het compleet te maken kan ik tot slot zeggen dat ik na een interne sollicitatie bij Meldon vanaf 1 juli de opstap ga maken naar junior teamleider. I have got my life back, and it’s even better than I could have imagined. Now I have the courage and confidence to focus on this wonderful new challenge.