Skeeter, I do not know the answer to this question, but I have some experience about coming back to work after a long absence. A year before I was diagnosed with bc I was in an automobile accident and had a broken collarbone, 5 fractured ribs and a fractured scapula. I was off from work for 3 months. After two months, my dr gave me the opportunity to drive. I started walking in the mall, building up to 2 miles a day, 7 days a week. When I went back a month later, (full activity -- driving on the road in sales - 3 states) I had a hard time for about a month.
Skeeter: I am so sorry that you are having to go thru this right now. I wonder how your boss would feel if it was his wife or dd? grrrrrrrrrrr
I can't remember the exact law, but it is federal, that a company cannot fire you if you have been ill if they have more than 5 full time employees. When I was rediagnosed my boss fired me. I had no recourse as there were only 4 full time employees. I agree w/ what was said about the FMLA act. Contact your state labor law agencey. In Mo it is called "Labor and Industrial Relations Agency". Don't be afraid to fight for yourself. It could help other women in your company in the future. Also, as someone else said, talk to your onco before you meet with HR. Tell him what has been threatened and have that letter stating that you need your job altered for a specific amount of time. At the end of that time your onco will re-evaluate you and see if you have progressed enough physically to return to the 12 hr shift of being on your feet. Ask your onco to cover every base in the letter. Be specific.