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Tuesday 8th September

I haven’t taught since May 2013; fifteen long months ago. I return to work today, and am amazed and heartened by the lovely welcome I receive. So many students stop me and want to talk. They want to know how I am and whether I’ll be teaching them again. Not one ‘saw’ my leg in its compression stocking, nor pointed at it or asked why I was wearing the garment. I had been dreading the first few days, but everyone was so supportive and caring.

My timetable gives me Mondays off, and every other week, Fridays too. It is far less stressful and really quite a relief that I don’t have to stand all day long.

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