Friday 3/12 marks Purple Space’s Purple Light up, raising awareness and celebrating disability in the workplace.
“#PurpleLightUp is a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world. Since 2017, #PurpleLightUp has been driving momentum for disability inclusion across hundreds of organisations, reaching thousands of employees in different ways.”
At Wilson and Scott, we work shoulder to shoulder with people from all walks of life. We recognise the contributions that disabled people have made, and continue to make, throughout our industry, and how important inclusion is in the workplace.
To celebrate #PurpleLightUp, we are pleased to share an excerpt of an article that Yvette De Souza, whom we recently wrote an article about, has written:
I have a new ‘friend’ who is with me 24/7. No matter what I do I cannot get rid of her.
She’s there with me constantly; keeping me company.
She is silent. Invisible to the naked eye.
No, she is not a figment of my imagination. No, she is not a ghost.
Nobody can see her, including me; but she is there with me. She is in my head…..literally.
I have a new ‘friend’.
I have named my new ‘friend’ Glenis – Glenis the Glioma.
The brain tumour that I was diagnosed with in February 2020 – Date of birth unknown.
‘The size of a tennis ball’, the consultant said, referring to Glenis.
But how? I replied.
I had no symptoms. No pain. No headaches.
How did this tennis ball bury itself inside my head?
My life was derailed in a matter of seconds.
I have a new ‘friend’; a ‘friend’ I do not want.
‘It has to come out’, they said.
‘We have to cut open your skull’, they said.
But why? I’m not in pain.
‘We have to’, they said. ‘For your sake, Glenis has to go’, they said.
You have a new ‘friend’, they said.
Fast forward to the present day; treatment over.
Time to proceed with my new life – version 2.0 as my oncologist likes to call it.
On the outside, I look, walk, act, and talk like I used to; but on the inside my invisible ‘friend’ has had an impact.
I battle with different ailments daily; no one day is the same.
I do not let that stop me from moving on with my altered life.
I have a new ‘friend’, I will not let her win.
My memory, my confidence, my concentration, and vocabulary have all been impacted by my new ‘friend’.
I am determined not to let her define me; I am more than Glenis.
Every day I fight to overcome Glenis; every day I become that little bit stronger.
I may not be able to do the exact same things I used to, but I will give everything a try at least once.
My new ‘friend’ will always be with me; even though she wants to do me harm.
My enemy has now become my new ‘friend’.