Ashley N. on August 4, 2021
I have been on disability for 10 months as I complete cancer treatment. While on disability a recruiter contacted me for a dream job and I am on my final round of interviews. I am extremely torn up because this position is a senior level position of what my job was prior to disability and I don't know if my mental, physical and emotional capacity is at the level of what it was prior to cancer and I don't know if I will be successful. It is a big risk to leave my current company, as I need to go out on leave again for another surgery within the next 2 years and I also fear if the cancer comes back, or if I need time off again I will not have the same tenure / benefits as my current company to depend on.
I previously decided I would not stay at my current company much longer or would take a new position post treatment, as it was a very unhealthy and stressful work environment with no work/life balance. It almost feels like a blessing this recruiter happened to reach out to me when I have been wanting to leave my company. While this new company has a strong reputation for treating employees well and having a good work life balance, it is still a challenging field of work. I need to take into account health insurance, going out on disability again, fears of not having job security and my work performance suffering due to treatment. I also don't know how to legally and gracefully leave my current company after being on disability all these months.