29% of working age people in the UK have a chronic illness and yet it is something that is rarely discussed or recognised within many workplaces. In this week’s episode, I speak to Rebecca Kudyk who openly shares her personal experience with chronic illness and how she manages motherhood, a career in financial services and her unpredictable symptoms and pain.
Rebecca shares helpful and practical advice for managers and workplaces on how they can support a team member with a chronic illness or disability. We also talk about grief, mental health and all the strengths that an employee with chronic illness can bring to the organisation.
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Rebecca Kudyk is a 33-year-old wife and mum of a 3-year-old boy. She suffers from Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (known as ME or chronic fatigue syndrome) and anxiety and depression. Rebecca also has a career specialising in Conduct Risk within Financial Services.
At 25, thanks to private healthcare at work, Rebecca was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in her knees. Since then, she has had 8 operations on her knees as well as my jaw. It is the physical trauma of the operations that doctors believe to be the cause of her fibromyalgia.
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