Lauren S. on March 21, 2018
I was just hired at a new day care for a teachers aid job. All organic, LEED certified place. What would you advise in terms of explaining why I had to take time off? I was diagnosed at the end of 2015 with Appendix Cancer (LAMN PMP) and had CytoReductive Surgery with HIPEC. In English? I was cut sternum to pelvis and given 10 rounds of heated chemo all at once. Since then I worked the summer of 2016 and then have been looking for a job and working on physical and mental recovery. All of my scans after have showed No Evidence of Disease. I was between jobs at the time of diagnosis.
What kind of self disclosure do you advise for new hires? I'm afraid of being discriminated against, even with 16 years of experience. I know I have the ADA in my favor. They need to know what surgeries I've had in the past few years for insurance, what medication I'm on, etc. I'm not on any medication for that now. My chance of reoccurance is basically zero. My only risk factor for that 10 in 1 million cancer was the fact I am female. For some reason, females are diagnosed more. I don't want them saying I am too expensive in terms of insurance.