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    How did you tell your boss you have cancer? Knowing what you know now, would you do anything differently?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    How did you tell your boss you have cancer? Knowing what you know now, would you do anything differently?

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    • PhillieG's Avatar

      That's a good question. I was very fortunate to be working for a company with FANTASTIC managers in my department. I've also had a very good working relationship with all of them over the years. I was totally blindsided by my whole cancer diagnosis. I was fine one day (or so I thought) and then the following day I found out I had stage IV colon cancer. There was no way that I could hide the fact that I was in deep trouble from a medical standing, so when I went into work the following day I went into my manager's office, shut the door, and told him what happened. He was so incredibly supportive which certainly didn't come as a surprise since that is the type of person that he is. He told me to take whatever time I needed off and not to worry about my job at all. I then told my coworkers who were, and still are, very supportive. I also went up the chain of command and told others that I worked for what my situation was. I have found that that company is more the exception than the rule. In my opinion, they went above and beyond what they were obligated to do and they did what they could do for me on a much more personal level. I really do not think that I would be here today if it were not for the help and support that they provided for me.

      over 9 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      I too was very fortunate to have very good bosses at the time of my diagnosis. I had worked with the company for 18 years and they knew that cancer was in my family and it was a real possibility for me. I simply went into my manager's office and disclosed my cancer news. We cried together and I was immediately assured that my job would be there when I was finished with therapy. I ended up having to take 6 months off, I worked during radiation therapy. I then had it come back to only 6 months after all treatments were done. I then had to take 18 more months off and true to their words my job was there when when it was all over. I think it is best to be honest with your employer and keep them aware of your treatment so that they clearly understand why you may be far more tired then you were before cancer.

      over 9 years ago
    • alexmelathil's Avatar

      My kid was inpatient almost a month before diagnosis, for surgery, biopsy,marrow test, FNAC and it took almost a month to confirm the diagnosis. From the very first day onwards my Boss was always very helpful to me to adjust my working hours and was supporting me for my every need.

      My journey started last year and another 2 years to go, my Boss is still there giving me all kind of support to fight it out. Always there with a helping hand..

      over 9 years ago
    • MamasLibrary's Avatar

      Document, document, document. I am still in a tough position with my (previous) employer. Even if you have an amazing relationship make sure you confirm everything in writing (that you told them, what your new work schedule is etc). Good luck!

      over 9 years ago

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