Sep 27, 2019 03:31PM edj3 wrote:
I think it depends on you, your relationship with your manager and the culture at work.
In my case, my company is exceptionally supportive of people who have cancer (one of the founders died of cancer, they established a huge foundation around cancer treatment/survival). And my manager is also quite supportive and had navigated this before at a different company (having a direct report have cancer).
So I told her as soon as I had the dx, and then shared the treatment plan and dates. She was the one who urged me to take a full week with the lumpectomy and I'm glad I did. I wasn't in a lot of pain but I've never done well with general anesthesia and this time was no different.
She was also very supportive of me working from home as needed during radiation when the fatigue got to be a bit much. She's continued being supportive with all the follow up appointments I've had.
She also took my lead when I said I really didn't want this being company wide news (I'm pretty private) and she respected my timeline for sharing with her manager (my VP) and others in the company. The only thing she asked me to do was look into FMLA on the off chance I would need it. So I did, I filed the paperwork and never needed it.
So here's hoping you have a similarly supportive manager!