Medical conditions force the facing of a harsh reality: Mortality is just around the next corner and the youthful belief of invincibility needs to be set aside. Obituaries are no longer for others and somewhere down the distant future; hospitals, built in remote areas on the outskirts of towns and cities, have become concrete structures constructed with prison-like walls to hide the ravages which the human body reveals; and while tragedy may be averted for a season, it always comes back with a forceful vengeance when least expected.
Instagram and Facebook — they are the meager counter-attempts at upholding the fiction of our lives: That youth will survive forever, that health will last another day, and that perfect lives can be lived despite all of the evidence to the contrary. The harsh reality is that the facade we attempt to maintain is but a thin veneer easily destructible.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, the harsh reality should be faced early and with the full weaponry of knowledge: Consult with an OPM Disability Attorney who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement Law and begin the process of preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application, to be filed with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, lest the harsh reality of life begins to take on a larger form of destructiveness than is otherwise manageable.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire