Delia S. on October 4, 2017
I need guidance on how to advocate for myself at work, asking for accommodation or FMLA.
Within the last year I was diagnosed with a Chronic Leukemia. My treatment is a daily chemo pill that I will have to take for at least 3 years, if I dont go into remission then I will take it the rest of my life. It leaves debilitating side effects (bone/muscle pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue). [For context, this is not a cut it out go through chemo and come back to work kind of cancer.]
I started a new job November 2016 and love it and love what I do but don't feel physically capable and am very hard on myself for not being able to accomplish what I could before. Working 45-60 hours per week as an HR Director this of course zaps my energy and I have no room/energy left for anything else. My marriage, health and personal relationships have suffered. My doc treats the cancer, not really the side effects so no help there.
I need a lower stress less hour job but I "m extremely passionate about my career and back pedaling would make me super depressed. My thoughts were to ask for work from home 1 day a week to start (although there is a stigma to this), other thoughts were incremental FMLA (In november once I'm eligible) taking 1-2 days per week. Another thought was to take a chunk of FMLA to try to get my fitness & well being on track.
I'm extremely hard on myself and feel like I"m barely meeting expectations and always floundering. I do know that I can meet the essential requirements of the job. The company is just fast paced and high stress. I need help to ask for help. I can coach people on this all day long but have a hard time doing it for myself.
Thanks for any guidance you can provide.