Cutting to the chase:
Am I capable of GS 12–14 level work? Absolutely. Please contact my references.
Can I catch up on changes that occurred during my diversion? Of course. I have always been a good learner. No worries there.
How will I adjust to the added pressures, the responsibility? Will I crack? No employee can promise this. But what I can say is that I have been through a crucible of sorts that I believe has made me stronger, deeper, and wiser. I am not ashamed. I believe I have been improved by the experiences of motherhood and its fallout, not weakened.
I can assure any new employer that I have taken none of my experiences of anxiety or depression lying down. I have been actively treated by an excellent physician, Dr. Milena Hruby Smith, MD, PhD for the past eight years. I have also been involved in as many years of individual and group therapy. I have learned a great deal and stocked my mental toolbox so that it now fairly bristles with coping tools. This can only be an asset.
So contact my references. Interview me. Hire me! I am honest, smart, creative, detail-oriented, and hard-working.
Let me be this person for you.