THE INVISIBLE MANAGER

September, 2021

Published in the online medical journal, Hektoen International, this personal essay takes a look at a corporate manager's journey.

He struggles to thrive in a fast paced environment, having been diagnosed with is known as an 'invisible' disability- epilepsy. 

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 
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WHY

When faced with an obstacle or challenge- we often activate the famous 'fight or flight' mentality. However, if we look a little deeper within ourselves, we can adapt to our surroundings to find a way forward.

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WHAT

Having grown in his career as a communications professional within various corporations, the narrator finds himself being put into a manager role.

After the initial excitement wears off, he struggles to perform in his new position and finds himself questioning whether he was what it takes to make it at the top. 

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WHERE

Chicago based Hektoen International is an online journal dedicated to the medical humanities and was named a recipient of an Apex Award of Excellence in the Magazines.

This essay was entered into their 2021 Essay Competition. 

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Story Quote

"With epilepsy, every day could be your last, so you dress up whether there is an occasion or not. You are cordial, even when you need not be. You post pictures. You enjoy minor excesses like another scoop on your ice cream cone. If you pass away tomorrow, you want to go knowing you did everything right."