Hi this is not really 'workplace dilemma' related but after all your support, I wanted to update you. After a tumultuous year, health and career wise, culminating in me- after appeal- being dismissed from my role of teacher. After nearly 25years it is a huge thing to accept but my teaching career is over. Following advice of GP, hospital, counsellor and dentist(!) I have applied for ill health retirement. Union seems very non committal and keep telling me i still have a potential unfair dismissal claim and that applications for ill health retirement are not very successful. So having started the process, tonight I am having a glass of wine and saying goodbye to my career, the one I chose in good faith SO many years ago. If all goes successfully we should be able to keep our family home. If my application is dismissed then not sure what the future (after next month's pay) holds. Not teaching tho. Thanks again for all of your advice and support.