I really need some advice regarding how much time off goes against you when applying for new jobs? To cut a long story short, I have needed a lot of operations due to a very rare stomach condition- so rare that every Consultant has said they have never seen it before, but it is not that that has led to my time off, it is the complications and after effects of the original condition. I ended up needing a whole year off for 5 operations, then I returned and told the School I was on the waiting list for one more op. This was a planned op and after a year of returning, I had to have half a term off as it was another major operation. In the year of returning, I did not take any time off and worked until the day before my operation. I went back without asking the Doctor for ' amended duties' in January and work has not made any adjustments for my returning after half a term off. I have basically been thrown in at the deep end- with covers, duties etc. I have wanted to move since I was told not to apply for a promotion when I returned, because I needed another op and they wouldn't offer it to me knowing I would need more time off. Now, I want to start the process of moving. However, I just feel this whole illness is going to cost me for many years as no school, when they find out about my time off in the past 3 years, is going to want to touch me. I don't know whether to put something in my application letter about my illness or whether, under the Equality Act, I am classed as disabled because illness has impaired my ability to do my day to day duties for over 12 months? I'm so disheartened by the fact that illness can mess up your life, through no fault of your own, for a long time. can anyone give me a glimmer of hope?