Keeping in contact

"I try to keep in contact. My manager will call from time to time to inform me what’s been happening and what’s coming up. Sometimes due to the severity of the illness, I find that I don’t want to speak to her at all, so in these cases I have given permission for her to contact a relative who can pass the information on later in a non-threatening way, avoiding the formalities of work conversations, at a time to suit me. I dictate the frequency of these updates and I think a good manager should be sensitive to the times you’re not in a good place mentally to talk."

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