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IN PERSON:

Amanda

Reynolds

A Complex Return

to Work

Though it was rare, Amanda Reynolds

had been diagnosed with Type 2

Diabetes in her late twenties. The

diagnosis alarmed Amanda, but she

quickly got to work learning how to

properly care for herself and manage the

symptoms of her new condition.

Now in her early thirties, Amanda

Reynolds felt like her life was finally on

track. She seemed to be in good health,

had a new fiancé, loads of friends and

family, and she enjoyed working as

a Bank Sales Representative for the

branch close to her home. Amanda’s

supervisor allowed her to take short

breaks whenever she felt like she needed

to check her blood sugar levels or have

a snack. Sometimes, her symptoms were

harder to manage, but she tried to focus

on doing her best every day.

NEW AND DEBILITATING

SYMPTOMS

Everything seemed to be going well

for a while, but slowly Amanda began

to feel the onset of Type 2 diabetes

complications. After long shifts at

the bank, Amanda would experience

severe fatigue as well as weakness and

numbness in her hands and feet.

The numbness and tingling would often

linger for days, and would cause Amanda

to lose focus and concentration on the

job.

Amanda was concerned. Her job required

precision and focus- especially since she

was often asked to handle large cash

deposits. There wasn’t room for error,

and the pressure and stress were getting

to her.

One day, while on the job, Amanda

was feeling particularly tired and

overwhelmed. She felt pain in her fingers

and was having difficulty counting

money at her station, and the numbness

in her toes had been intense for days.

She felt like she just needed a break.

Amanda was worried she would lose her job

when modified duties proved too difficult.

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