Mike C. on December 6, 2017
I've been out of work with Leukemia for 2+ months. I have decided to go down the path of getting a stem cell transplant. The doctors have set my expectations that the transplant may require my being out of work for a year. At this point, I don't know if I have a match (I have a sibling being tested) or if there is a stem cell donor match for me in the national database.
While the search for a donor is going on and the transplant process begins to formulate into a plan with testing, pre-transplant procedures, and progresses toward setting dates, etc. I want to be upfront with my employer but, at the same time, I don't want to over communicate and put my employment in jeopardy.
Should I talk to them now about the potential recovery time for a transplant or wait until I have a match and more details on that program? If they ask me about when I will be returning to work, how should I handle? The actual answer is that I have monthly consolidation chemo scheduled through February. However, that could change depending on the stem cell transplant.
Any guidance on what to communicate to work/HR on this?