Umer was an ambitious engineering student who was determined to make a difference in his field. Despite suffering from chronic fatigue, he felt pressure to maintain his grades and make a name for himself in the industry. He often pushed himself to attend classes and work on projects even when he was not feeling well.
As he neared the end of his graduate program, Umer landed an internship with a leading engineering firm. But he continued to struggle with his health, and his employer did not take his condition seriously. Umer found himself struggling to keep up with the demands of the job, but he didn’t want to appear weak or less capable than his peers, so he kept showing up to work even when he wasn’t feeling well. This lead to an even worse performance and falling behind on his assignments.
Feeling overwhelmed and unsupported, Umer considered dropping out of his program. But with the support of his family, friends and professors, he decided to push through and complete his degree. He learned the importance of self-care and how to communicate his needs and limitations to his employer.
Despite the challenges he faced, Umer graduated with honors and landed a job at a top firm. He used his experiences to advocate for better accommodations for individuals with chronic illnesses in the workplace and for the importance of presenteeism and how it can negatively affect productivity and overall health.
Umer’s determination and perseverance in the face of adversity served as an inspiration to his peers and colleagues. He proved that with hard work, the right support and self-care, anything is possible.