By Caitlin Coakley
I’m leaving work early today because I’m sick.
The statement may seem simple to most of you, but for me, it’s still nearly profound. After years of working in restaurants, retail and freelancing to piece together enough to pay the bills, I’ve become conditioned to expect “punishment” for being ill.
I waited tables to put myself through college and bridge the gap between graduation and gainful employment. During that time, getting sick meant preparing for financial hardships.