Back to work for brain tumour survivor

Jo Garnham-Parks from Gleadless, who suffered a brain tumour but is now back at work at learning and development specialists Cape UK.
Jo Garnham-Parks from Gleadless, who suffered a brain tumour but is now back at work at learning and development specialists Cape UK.

IT’S not just another day at work for this brave Sheffield woman - as she’s returned to her job just months after undergoing life-saving surgery for a brain tumour.

Jo Garnham-Parks, aged 40, from Gleadless, was diagnosed with the tumour early last year and had a drastic operation in the summer.

But she is now back at her desk as a director of learning and development firm Cape UK, based on Concourse Way in Sheffield city centre.

She has been helped along the way by Opportunity Sheffield, a free service run by Sheffield Council with other organisations in the city, including Remploy, which finds jobs for disabled people.

Following her health battle, Jo has been left with weakness in her side and needs help with everyday tasks including carrying, walking, balancing and holding objects such as telephones.

Opportunity Sheffield and Remploy provided practical and financial support to Jo and her employer to overcome problems such as getting to work and adjusting her working hours to allow her to rest and build up her energy.

Jo said: “My employer shares my commitment to continue with my career. My job is very important to me and I am determined my health will not be a barrier to my success.”

She said her stamina will improve with time, and added: “With Opportunity Sheffield and Remploy, I have been given the practical help I need and it’s really paying dividends.”