It’s only MS who cares anyway?

I’m sitting here seriously flabbergasted that this is still happening

Since my last update

The union had a phone conversation with HR whom he described as being ‘defensive’

He stated that she referenced my attendance over the last two years as a ‘concern’

He told her firmly and clearly that what she was doing was against the law and that I would NOT be submitting any doctors note and if I wanted accommodations, I would ask for it

HR made some weak comment about us not being unionized yet

Which is untrue, we are unionized but have been unable to sign a collective agreement due to difficulty with our employer

He said the call ended without HR committing to anything and said something about them consulting their lawyer

In the meantime, what do you think yours truly began to experience?

Ding ding

You guessed it

A flare up (for all you non MSers, new symptoms or a worsening of symptoms lasting longer than 48 hrs)

Eye pain

Eye pain so bad that I have to keep the lights very dimly lit

And the Scandal series we’d so happily been watching has been suspended

Yup

A flare up that your beloved author has not had the displeasure of having in approximately one year

A fucking year, people

Does this mean anything dear readers??

Yuppers

It means that stress is a motherfucker

And

Stress may have been a huge contributor to this woman’s flare up

So with tense muscles and clenched jaw, I sent an email to work including HR

I stated that I may be experiencing a flare and while I await the MS clinics call to determine next steps, I would need some time off of work

And what should I get in response?

Some pithy platitudes to get better and a request for the doctors note I was supposed to get for them on February 8th

A request for a doctors note

After being reprimanded by my union

And reminded of my human rights

Obviously I did not respond and forwarded the message to the union

But I’m seething

I want to hit something hard

I want something to break and shatter

Remember that blog I wrote only yesterday?

What if the term ‘MS’ was replaced with ‘Cancer’?

Imagine this then:

Dear work,

The cancer that you have been aware I’ve been fighting since 2013. It is possible my cancer has returned. I need some time off to deal with this.’

And your employer of over 6 years replies with some bullshit sentiments and a fucking request for a doctors note to discuss your capabilities at work.

How completely and utterly insensitive

And very unlikely

Not impossible of course

But unlikely nonetheless

Common fucking sense right?

Back to regularly scheduled MS

And

Poof

That desire to degrade, downplay and harass a human being?

You know the feelings they can suppress for people who have the dreaded ‘C’ word

Well that shit is right back on the table

Because, despite that MS is Canada’s fucking disease

It is, after all still

Only Multiple Sclerosis

And that apparently doesn’t warrant compassion and you know following the fucking law

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10 thoughts on “It’s only MS who cares anyway?”

  1. Quite honestly I am a little surprised in that I thought the US cornered the insensitive market on this kind of stuff and that our neighbors from the north were much more enlightened and progressive.

    Guess you should never assume anything

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    1. If this was a year ago, I would have said how wonderful my employer was. Supportive in thoughts and in actions. But my oh my how things have changed. Coincidentally around the time we voted in a union 🤔

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  2. I am still completely in shock in how insensitive and horrible people act in Canada! Seriously everything you have described sounds like how mean and hateful people in the US are. Seems like I have underestimated those in Canada, dramatically! I wish you nothing but the best of luck and good results. You don’t deserve to be treated this way! Much love my dear♡

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