When a 2 year break extends to 10 years
Yes, deciding to take a career break to have a child or to take care of a child is nothing new. Women often do that, thinking they can get back to the career in 2 years. This is what our anonymous guest of this episode also did. But then, very soon, she falls into life situations wherein she finds one issue after the other, taking her into a spiral, both physically and mentally. But then, why she features in this episode, is because there is a learning for all of us, in how she tried to cope up, how she tried to seek help and what her current state is. We find this New Indian Woman in a state where is able to reflect well, she is aware of where she was and where she is now, and is able to look at the future with not just optimism, but with more clarity and willingness to take action.
Listen to this discussion with someone who has chosen to be anonymous, where she explains what led to the extension and more importantly, the challenges thereafter. This is Part 2 of the discussion. For Part 1, click here.
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What's in this episode:
In Part 2, we get into how she had to accept reality and go ahead with the fertility treatment but how her family circumstances made her stay in hospital for a year, followed by death of her dad who celebrated her!
She shares about the challenges faced in the next 2 years, including post natal depression, which was not diagnosed at that time.
She opens up about how she felt reduced as a person and felt she was unable to cope up with managing everything alone. Despite the support from her husband, she felt divorce could be the answer. More importantly, she talks about the decision to seek professional help, also acknowledging the challenges around doing so. She believes a lot of effort from her side and the professional guidance and family support helped her to reach a happy place. However, she still feels she has not upskilled herself and would like to learn more and join the workforce!
This discussion stands out for us, for the positive attitude, for the perseverance, for ability to reflect upon ones own life and to learn from it and so much more! I learnt a lot from this interaction and I hope you also do!
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