Hi everybody. I’m just sitting watching the news and the reports on the inevitable rise in energy bills. This follows me doing my weekly shopping and noticing again how much the total has gone up in the last couple of weeks - I’ve suddenly started to panic!!!
I wondered if anybody else was feeling the same. I’m sure we all have different financial challenges depending on our diagnosis, our current health, age, work status and I’m sure many other factors. I just thought this would be a good space to share our concerns so that we can support each other.
A couple of years ago I reduced my work hours from full time to three and a half days. My job as a teacher was challenging and with a follicular lymphoma diagnosis I decided I needed more time for me and the family. Our finances took a hit then. We were unable to save as much and had to be careful. It was tough but my mental well-being improved, my family time improved and it benefitted us all.
Now, two years on I’m having to consider going back full time. The thought of it fills me with dread. How will I manage quality time with my teenage daughters? How will I make time for me and the family at the weekend as it will now be taken up with household chores? Will my mental health suffer again? On the other hand, if I don’t, how will I afford university fees in a couple of years? How will we be able to save for a holiday?
The conversation I’m having in my head is driving me crazy. I don’t want to do it but I’m starting to think the choice may be taken out of my hands.
It would be great to hear how others are feeling.