I have been dealing with an incurable cancer diagnosis for over two years now. I have recently had some very unpleasant issues arise with my long-time public sector employer (county government) of 7 years. I would like to find a new job. If I look for a new position within my current employer, I can retain my short-term disability coverage. However, I would much rather leave. But, leaving means I would lose my short-term disability coverage because the majority of policies have language that excludes preexisting conditions. I feel like I'm trapped because it would be foolish for me to lose my STD. I wanted to get a second opinion to confirm if my logic makes the most sense, i.e. that keeping my STD is what I need to prioritize even if it means severely impacting my emotional well being? I have an interview this week with another employer that looks very promising and suspect I will need to make a decision soon.