to tell or not to tell

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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
ok i have this problem i have been working from home doing child care for over 14 years and i am thinking about getting a job out of the house.  SHould i tell them that i have Crohns or  not.. i am not sure what to do.. I have had crohn's for over 28 years . i am just afraid of loosing my job if i dont tell them.. Any ideas on what i should do
thanks eyes

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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't tell my employer right away, and it worked out fine for me. I guess it depends on how severe yours is and how much work you may be missing.

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis-symptoms for 10 yrs prior.
Asacol: 2400 mg/day
6mp: 100mg/day
Prednisone: 10 mg/day
Entocort: 9mg/day

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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Legally you don't have to tell them unless you are requesting accomodations. But for my own general comfort I will usually say something AFTER I have the job and I am in training. That way I am less embarassed to use the bathroom often or to eat frequenlty or to take meds, etc.
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.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Fitzy, I wouldn't say anything until you have the job. Then tell so they understand why you use the bathroom frequently or why you don't eat certain items etc. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have interviewed and hired many, many people over the years and I would advise against saying anything. I say this for two reasons:

1 - While a potential employer cannot LEGALLY discriminate against you, they can decide against hiring you for lots of other "reasons" I know this sounds harsh, but it is a reality in business. And it is human nature.

2 - Also, I have been taught that it just isn't professional to talk about personal information on interviews. I have to tell you I have been very uncomfortable when people start talking about their personal business while I am interviewing them.

Good luck! And I hope this didn't sound too cold :-(

35 year old female - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Imuran, Immodium, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Seroquel

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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you all so much.. Now i just need to find a job

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 8/21/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been interviewing and keeping my CD to myself. The only time this was an issue was when I had to do a mouth swab test where almost all my meds would show. For this I had them write CROHN'S all over the test so that it wold be okay.

As a cronie, I need a job with insurance... all I am finding is contract work!! COBRA is over 600 a month, so I am seeking alternative insurace means.

Good luck to you. Keep the CD on the down low during interviews!!
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