We can live within a world of fantasy, so long as it does not abut against the world’s reality. We can fantasize that we are “super heroes” — so long as we do not jump out of the window thinking that we can soar through the clouds. Both worlds can be juggled without an internal — or even an external — contradiction.
Some indicators touch upon the edges of conflict — as when we are caught daydreaming; or a person begins to act too much in the “as if” universe of thoughts and dreams; and we become concerned when someone we know begins to express beliefs and theories which step outside of the spheres of acceptable and normative systems.
Medical conditions, however, tend to keep people “real”; for, the pain and debilitating symptoms do not allow for any space between fantasy and reality. Rather, they jolt one into being “real” each and every day — except when it becomes necessary or prudent to conceal one’s condition, resulting in a smiling face which masks the pain, the energetic look which covers the fatigue, or the clarity of words which hides the confusion.
Federal and Postal workers often have to straddle the line between reality and fantasy when a medical condition begins to impact one’s ability and capacity to perform the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job.
When the two lines begin to blur, you need to contact an OPM Disability Attorney who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement. For, in the end, the reality of a medical condition cannot be concealed for long, and the fantasy that the medical condition will simply go away cannot be endured.
Robert R. McGill, Lawyer