Anonymous C. on February 4, 2010
I am diagnosed with stage 1 BC as of 12/28. Started a job search in November as a result of a career change decision to transition from an independent consultant for web content management marketing & strategies for corporate and high tech vendors to a marketing role in a nonprofit org for a social cause I feel strongly about. As luck would have it, now have a real chance at this type of position and have a 2nd interview (presentation to execs & board) scheduled for Feb 11. At the same time I've been applying for and now approved as of Feb 3 for MassHealth/Medicaid as I was uninsured. So now I can schedule my surgery and am agonizing over 2 dates: Feb 11 (obviously a conflict with interview) and Feb 23.
Although I can imagine myself in this new job, there is of course no guarantee that I will get it. And I do not want to tell a prospective employer about the BC -- either during the interview process or if someone makes me an offer. But then how to explain or deal with side effects, radiation appts, etc. It all seems overwhelming and unrealistic.
I have slowed my job search/applications beyond planning to show up for this 2nd interview to try and figure this out. The last thing my mental health would need is to accept too big of a job, or be dishonest about my ability to do it. I have now been blessed with full insurance coverage, but I certainly need an income stream to survive financially and also, not to fall into "hole" in not working for 6 months or more. (Although I know many are in that position; but I cannot receive unemployment since I was an independent & 1099.)
Would SO appreciate thoughts... and as an FYI, I called the ACS 800 to speak with someone about all the questions I had even beyond the job fears - and Melanie was so helpful, patient and nice. Thats also how I found this web site. Their number is 800 227 2345.