I'm hoping this is the right place for this post.
I'm six months out from treatment and ready to go back to work. It's actually a very pressing matter right now, because I had no paid leave from work, my medical EI ran out in July (over six months ago, ugh), my insurance company is doing their very best to deny my STD claim (still fighting that battle), and I'm flat broke and indebted now (having liquidated my meagre life savings to support myself since my EI ran out), and need a full-time paycheck desperately.
The thing is, I'm a contract worker, and my contract at my latest company ran out in December and, after what they considered to be "performance issues" before I went on leave last year due to my diagnosis and treatment (I worked through my first 4 rounds of chemo before HR forced me out because I couldn't keep up with the workload), I wasn't offered a new contract, so I'm officially unemployed now, not just on medical leave. Which means job-hunting, sending out applications, and interviewing for new positions at new companies with new people.
My big question/concern is, what should I tell them, if anything, about my diagnosis?? I look normal-ish again now, I have my eyelashes and eyebrows back and my hair is about three inches long finally, so anyone who didn't know me before, likely wouldn't think there was anything amiss. I do fret about my ability to keep up with a full 40-hour work week right now, given that my energy levels are not back to 100% just yet (they're pretty good, much much better than they were and getting better every day, but I also haven't worked a full day plus commute since last spring, so who knows how that will go), and I'm concerned about communicating that with a new employer. I get that technically, they can't discriminate against me for being ill if I can perform my job with reasonable accommodations, but that's not always how it is in practice, and excuses can always be made to cover up that sort of discrimination. I also worry about all the appointments that I'll have in the future, having to start a brand new job and then having to take time off for appointments (and any tests and whatever that might come from those) - I mean, I'd have to tell the boss something, if I had several appointments coming up close together, and I wouldn't want them to think that I'd misled them during the hiring process.
These are the things I worry about, given the precariousness of my line of work anyway and my personal situation, I need to get back to work ASAP and it has to stick or I don't know what will happen to me. It's just adding a whole layer of complication to my job-hunt, which is already going very poorly (my industry is slow right now, which is totally normal, but terrible timing for me), and I don't know what to do or how I should handle it.
Does anyone here have any advice for looking for a new job post-treatment??
11/22/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
12/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Right
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