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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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    • RE16's Avatar
      RE16

      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.

      about 9 years ago
    • alexmelathil's Avatar
      alexmelathil

      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..

      about 9 years ago
    • MamasLibrary's Avatar
      MamasLibrary

      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!

      about 9 years ago

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