Margaret M. on June 25, 2020
I was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, and had a recurrence a few years back. I've had surgeries, chemo, radiation, and targeted therapy (which I'll remain on indefinitely).
In the past year or so, chemo brain has been making it tough to keep up at work. My job requires me to manage complex projects, multi-functional teams, and meet tight timelines. I have trouble multi-tasking and keeping focused, problems finding words and remembering conversations, and challenges with thinking on the spot. This is not something that's been evident to my employer, but I am constantly trying to compensate for it (sometimes unsuccessfully) and it's exhausting.
I don't want to leave my company, and I have excellent health benefits which I need, since my treatment costs thousands of dollars each month. I've been with the company about 7 years, and my employer has been very accommodating throughout. I already work from home when needed, and have a flexible schedule. I've also been able to move up in my career while here.
I would like to work in a less stressful role where I can still contribute but do not need to multitask to this level, but I don't know how to approach this with my employer. I don’t know if a role like this exists! We’re already resource constrained, and if I step back it would mean more work for people who are already busy. I also don’t want to look like I'm not motivated or committed to our team or our work. Any advice?