I am due back at work tomorrow having been off for 10 weeks after hysterectomy and I just can't face it. The time off has made me realise that there is so much more to life than work. My college is such an unhappy place as well, stress, bullying management and this year in particular, students from hell. Mr C isn't being very sympathetic, he thinks I should work at least until I'm 60 but we really don't need my income ( I know we're fortunate); would it be too horrendous to chuck it all in at the age of 58? The other thing is how long do I have to be back before I could reasonably hand in my notice? A month? I used to love my job but the nature of it has changed so much that it isn't the job I had and loved. I won't be able to find another teaching job - very few exist in my area so it would be full retirement. Advice or just emotional stroking would be appreciated.