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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone told a potential employer when they got hired that they have Crohn's or do you keep it secret until you are sick and have to tell them?  Which is best?

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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I tell them after I am hired, when it comes up naturally. I usually don't wait until I am sick. It usually comes in training like "by the way, I may have to step out to use the restroom because I have crohns. Please don't be offended if I step out while you are still speaking."
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

ivy's mom
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't tell during an interview. I would wait until I was hired then like Fitzy said I would bring it up before I got sick. It is hard enough after your employer knows not to become concerned but they do have to know. My neice is an RN and you would think that at least her perfession would be sympathetic but I think they are worse.

ivy's mom

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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I told during an interview b/c I didn't want to deal with them possibly having a bad attitude when I needed off to go to the doc. I told him flat out that I will need off to go to doc appointments and if that was an issue than I don't want the job. He was totally cool about it and since I always worked to make up my hours never said boo about to me. I was actually on a med (for about a month) wear I slept all the time. Literally, between calls and such I would lay my head down and close my eyes. I still got my work done but it was not easy. You're certainly not obligated to tell someone. I really think I just got lucky with that job--I still miss it and occasionally visit my former co-workers.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it depends on the type of work and how laid back or "anal" the company is...some places/people are very strict about alot of time missed whereas other places/people are okay with it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I told them up front, but then again, they were begging me to take the job. So, I knew I was getting hired either way.
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