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HEIDIBELLS
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Job hunting has been quite a tiresome battle.  Should I be telling employers about my MS?  Do I have to tell? Part of me feels like its none of thier business and the other part of me feels like I'm being dishonest.....what to do?????? Anyone?

uppitycats
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   

You don't need to disclose your MS unless it is obvious that there is "something wrong" with you:

you'd rather they know you have MS, then wonder if you've been drinking, if your gait is wobbly, for example.

You'd also need to disclose for some health insurance plans: some require a physical exam, and it would become known that you have MS. That doesn't necessarily mean you won't be covered: if the company has health insurance for all its employees, you'd have to be included, but it would mean disclosure.

You'd also have to disclose if you're wanting some "reasonable accommodation" from the employer so you could do your job, despite any disability that you now have. For example, if you need closer parking, or need an office space nearer a bathroom, or need to be cooler, or ...a whole host of other things that people have requested.

But if..at least for now..your MS is "invisible" and you simply want a job, then you don't need to disclose anything, and just apply as anyone would for the job you want.

 

Good luck!


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Buckeye
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/7/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Great Question.
I honestly from my personal experience would not tell them. Its not any of their business if you are working well and performing your job duties. I tried to be open about it with my ex-employer and it all went down hill from there. When I left on med. leave from my initial dx I came back to a different lower level job and treated very poorly, constantly questioned about my doc. appointments etc. I was always under the scope. Promised things and then when I came back "they didn't have room for me" kind of thing. ironically enough...it was a law firm. I was sc&%$#)

I say get hired first and see how it goes....jobs are hard to find don't make it any harder on yourself. That is awful to say but that is kind of how it is. Sorry

JMO

Gretchen1
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Heidibells,

Welcome to the forum.  I don't have any advice to offer you.  You have heard from some good people here.  I just wanted to wish you good luck in your search.  Let us know how you do.

Love and prayers,

 


Gretchen
Diagnosed with MS July 2006
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I was strongest when I laughed at my weakness.
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