YES, YES and YES...and I've only (myself) told 6 people in my office about
my Crohn's. My boss and 5 friends who I felt like I could trust.
I also swore THOSE 6 people to secrecy (as it's none their job to divulge my personal health information to anyone else); however, I have this sneaking suspicion that one of them have told my secret to one or more people within my building. People are nosy and people love to gossip about
other people...even when FRIENDS have asked them not to.
Lately I've been out of the office a lot b/c of my CD and for DR appts, etc. I've been mentally foggy and felt like I've not been concentrating on my job as well as I should.
And I hate being all "secretive" when OTHER people ask me how I'm doing (because it's obvious to anyone in my building that I've been sick lately). HOWEVER, with this kind of socially awkward disease, I just feel like it's best for MOST people not to know about
it if they aren't friends.
For example, my boss has been AWESOME. He's come right out and said, "If you ever need to work from home, feel free to." He trusts me enough to stay at my house and do my job. BUT there are women within this office who would gossip until their face is blue if they found out I have worked from home and not taken sick leave on those days.
So that's why I don't just freely tell people about
my Crohn's. I don't want to constantly feel like people are talking about
me and my illness behind my back...although sometimes I STILL feel that way not knowing for sure if my FRIENDS have leaked my secret!
As you can see, I'M VERY PARANOID! :) So I definitely feel your paranoia.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue