Rec diagnosed when do i tell my co workers and principa

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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diag before Christmas break with fibro.
I am not for sure when to let my co workers know and my principal.
 Any new ideas or what to say>   Still so fresh havent quite gotten the shock of it myself.  

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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

I don't know, but consider having a small amount of literature to give your boss when you tell him/her. Most people don't know anything about fibromyalgia. I am newly diagnosed myself and had only heard fibro mentioned here and there as if it were about as severe as a cold. It's not. There are so many symptoms and issues that can come with fibro that it can be overwhelming. My mother bought me a book that I'm using to educate myself so that i can ask better questions when i go back to the doctor. I have had such a wide variety of problems that I have been afraid to tell anyone much about my condition for fear that they'll think i'm a hypochondriac.

Hope you can get some helpful information and feel better soon!

Best of luck to you.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
You don't need to tell unless you need accommodations. Sometimes telling can help but other times it can hurt. If you are still rather new to teaching or to your school, you may want to wait until people really get to know you. Definitely wait until you are comfortable with your diagnosis. You may be surprised to find others on your building with fibro.

Despite the laws, discrimination still exists. I know people that have really regretted telling their coworkers and supervisors. Some people don't "believe" in fibro, they think you are just lazy or trying to get attention.

When I tell people, I usually mention it in casual conversation. I transferred to my current school last year. During lunch one day, our school counselor happened to mention that her fibro was really bothering her that day. We started talking and I mentioned that I had it too so that's how I broke the ice.

I don't need accommodations and my fibro doesn't have much affect on how I do my job so I don't worry much about telling. My friend started getting poor evaluations after she told her supervisors. She eventually had to change jobs. It's not fair but you can't always prove this kind of behavior.

If you do start telling coworkers, you'll have to tell your principal. You should tell him/her how you feel that your fibro will affect your ability to do your job, if at all.

Good luck.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   


I am a graduate student, so my work is teaching and research at the school.  I didn't want to tell anyone because I didn't want them to think I was trying to get out of working.  But I did talk to my grad school advisor and my research and teaching supervisors who are all essentially my bosses.  They were very supportive.  When I had a horrible flareup and had to call in sick, they were understanding and helpful.  My advisor said it was good that I told them.  If I had not, if I had a bad day or trouble working, to would appear that I was slacking.  They might have wondered what happened to hardworking Sue, and why I was leaving early all of the time for doctor's appointments etc. 

I would definitely talk to them.  Maybe you can be vague: I  have been diagnosed with a condition that causes great pain and other things (but I tried that with a couple of clients when I stopped my lay counseling job and they thought I had cancer); or use literature to help you explain what is going on.  Everyone in the school doesn't need to know, just those you want to know. 

You are going back soon?  I start back on the 12th.  Good luck.


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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Im a teacher (high school) and i never told the principal- he knows i struggle with my health and is fairly accomodating. My fibro doesnt affect my work too much- except for writing on the white board and going up and down the stairs at my school. my faculty all know whats going on with  me and they are super supportive.

the fibro 'fog' does get in the way sometimes, but i try and just push through. ultimately its your decision, but i see no reason to tell the principal unless you need special conditions.

all the best,

Maz XX

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