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My husband and I work out, are healthy weight, don't smoke or drink. After years of misdiagnosis I was diagnosed stage 3 breast in 2205. My husband started acting really weird in 2007 and by 2008 had been fired from both of his teaching jobs. He was being treated for depression, tension headaches and panic attacks when he really had a high grade brain tumor. With my individual insurance policy my treatment expenses were over $30,000 per year. In order to get insurance, in 2008 I left a very successful and busy career of nonprofit consulting to working for a small nonprofit. I knew right away it was a bad situation but I wanted to tough it out until I could recover from teh financial impact of my bc treatment. When my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009 my supervisor put intense pressure on me about missing work. Thinking he was only going to live 6-24 months I quit my job. He has done very well with my full-time care but it is extremely consuming plus our financial resources are completely exhausted. I took a CNA class because that is something that I can do on flex and weekends. I am certified and getting ready to look for a job.
If I tell a prospective employer that my husband has a brain tumor will they be reluctant to hire me? He has medicare and medigap so I will not be adding him to my insurance policy. Should I come out and say that. I have not worked (except for a few small writing and consuting jobs) since 2009 I am trying to get legal and HR advice about how to tell my story without turning off a potential employer.