The private domain of individual, insular worlds always remain unknowable and profoundly
unreachable. We can extract common linguistic signposts to have some superficial encounters,
with at least a semblance of
comprehension; but in the end, can one ever "know" the sensation of pain which another
experiences? Or the extreme emotional turmoil that a person who suffers from schizophrenia or
Bipolar Disorder; the
diffuse pain of a person suffering from Fibromyalgia; or the cognitive dissonance of one beset by
Major Depression, uncontrollable anxiety or panic attacks? Yet, it is a necessary step in
preparing, formulating and submitting a Federal Disability Retirement application to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, to have
the ability to convey, delineate and describe the nexus between one's experiential phenomena of the
insular world of a medical condition, and one's external encounter with the
Federal position in the work-world. The private chaos of one's medical condition must be
linked to the public display of one's physical or mental capacity and capability in the employment
with the Federal Sector or the U.S. Postal
Service; how one makes that connection, the manner of the description, and the characterization
of the impact of the former upon the latter, will make all the difference in the world whether or
not that unique universe of insularity can be protected from the progressive harm of
one's job. For, in the end, it matters not whether one can adequately relate to another's
medical condition; it is enough to know that the private domain of one's life is that which
makes human consciousness the unique mystery peculiar to the human animal.
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