In 2002 I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and depression. My Osteoarthritis was as a result of a fall at work which has now affected my right knee, toes, neck, lower back and both shoulders.
My disabilities affect my ability to carry out normal day to day activities such as, socialising, household chores, shopping and walking for long periods of time.
I worked for my employer for 17 years and had always been open and honest about my condition. I found that my colleagues had a negative attitude towards me because of my disability and I would receive comments such as ‘you will lose your job’ and on occasions would find that my chair was knocked over and my footstool would be missing. I was referred for counselling but my employers failed to act on the recommendation that the matter was to be addressed.