• Work question

    Asked by Lclark on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Work question

    Who are we required to inform abt our dx, tx,etc?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I guess it depends on where you work, type of work you do, what your treatment plan will be, how long you are projected to be out. As a pediatric nurse practitioner I let my executive and medical directors know when I knew...they helped me with Human Resources forms for my intermittent Leave of Absence...I was able to work part time for a lot of my treatment, but in fairness to my own patients, I needed to keep some semblance of a schedule...I was free in telling people I work with (I am the fourth medical person in our small community health center to be diagnosed with breast cancer)... There was a lot of support and understanding...telling parents was not as difficult as I thought it might be and many of my young patients made me cards and drawings which are very dear to me...to the children I simply told them I had to have an operation to make me better, that I might be out for awhile but would be back soon, repeating this enough even made me believe it! Keep a positive attitude...let your immediate supervisor/manager know and then take it from there. Let your co-workers know as much or as little detail as you are comfortable giving. Most folks are incredibly supportive and helpful. Good luck, keep us posted and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Legally you are not required to tell anyone..And my advise to you is to not tell any one who does not have to know. if your insurace company ever told your employeer they would be violating the law.

      about 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      CAS1 is correct that you don't have to tell anyone, but that is not always the best policy. I told my boss when I was initially diagnosed and have keptr them informed about my condition for the entire 8 1/2 yeaars of my journey and it has worked out well for me, but I can see instances where it would not work out well. If you are going to have surgery and be out of work for a while it might be hard to hide. If you are worried about your job you might want to consult an employment attorney to find out about your rights before telling your employer. You can probably find an attorney for a free consultation through a legal aid group. Good Luck

      about 4 years ago
    • scootersmom's Avatar
      scootersmom

      I told my HR person so that I could get the FMLA paperwork started. I then told my immediate boss with the specific instruction that he was not to tell anyone else. He immediately told me that he needed to let the president of the company know. When I asked him why, he explained the answer and I told the president. I work for a small family owned company. The support I received from the president was amazing. This was the day after my diagnosis so things still hadn't settled in. The next day was a blizzard and I couldn't make it to work. When I got back to work the following day, my boss (as usual) started over-thinking the situation.By the end of the week he wanted me to tell others since he was told not to. I refused. The day before my leave for the lumpectomy, the owner came in and had a long talk with me. I figure my boss or his son (president) told him. What a supportive man! Normally he just ignores the employees. When the results of the lumpectomy were not good, I sent an email that I would be requesting additional time off for appointments and surgery. After my two week leave, everyone in the office knew of my diagnosis thanks to my motormouth boss. (And they say women gossip!) I also had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with stupid comments coming from him.

      With that being said: play it by ear. Definitely talk to your HR department as there will be forms that need to be filled out and time off requests to be made. As far as your coworkers. the only thing that they need to know if that you are out of the office.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      no one....tell who you want to tell....if you work, you might want to tell your employer, especially if you are going to need time off of work......

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      The only thing I told my employer was that I had a "treatable form of cancer" and would need time off. Best decision I made. Everywhere else I went (family gatherings, outings with friends, etc.) people were staring at my chest and asking intrusive questions. This was the LAST thing I wanted when I returned to work. My coworkers respected my privacy and were very supportive, in a general sense, exactly what I needed.

      Think twice about revealing details of your illness/treatment. As the saying goes, "You can't unring a bell."

      about 4 years ago

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