Perhaps it is an unfair characterization, or an image which is arcane and archaic — and yet endures as a residue from the old days, like smoking cigarettes and leaving nicotine stains on one’s inner side of fingers. We hate stereotypes. They linger; they remain as images we try and counter and overcome; and when it becomes a truism, we fight to try and prove its opposite.
Medical conditions prevail upon a stereotype like a winter’s storm or the devastation of a hurricane upon a coastal town. Our image of ourselves is quite different: vibrant; still much contribution to give; still full of life, hope and happiness. Yet, others begin to see you as the doddering old man or woman who can no longer contribute to the mission of the Federal Agency or the Postal Service. That is how Federal agencies and Postal facilities view you. Let them.
Consult with an OPM Medical Retirement Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and begin the process of moving on to another career, another phase in life, another stage — and quit worrying about becoming a stereotype; for, in the end, it is the one who sees the world in images of stereotypes who are the stereotypical dunces who fail to ever grow beyond.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
OPM Disability Retirement Attorney