Karen S. on January 9, 2016
I'm presently employed at the same company I was working for when I was diagnosed. It is five years later and for reasons related to the job itself (stress, overwork, etc.) I'm trying to find another one. I believe I will be offered a contract to hire position through an employment agency soon. I've made it through phone interviews and will be having the interview with the contracting company next week.
I have not brought up my cancer diagnosis, and wasn't planning to. However, I have lymphedema and wear a compression sleeve on a daily basis. My fear is that if I accept the position, with the visibility of the results of treatment out there on my arm on a daily basis, I can see the possibility that 6 months later when the contract is up, the company will decide to not hire me in.
I have a lot to offer this company and without being a survivor there would not be any hesitation on my part or theirs. Should I back out knowing that it is a dead end, or try to prove myself so that my cancer diagnosis is not an issue. (or am I being too optimistic there?)
I'm also trying to manage my anger that this should even be an issue, feel trapped in the job I presently have, and generally having a hard time deciding what to do. It seems there's always complications and it is quite depressing.
One last question: If I do back out, how can I do so gracefully?
Thank you for any opinions or sharing any similar experiences.