When you have to tell your BOSS

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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I just posted on another topic, but I thought this was something worth bringing up.
I never felt the need to share my medical problems with my boss until this past summer when I was having the vertigo and balance problems. My being off-balance some days makes it quite obvious that I appear drunk when I'm not so instead of letting the rumors start to fly about my "drinking problem" and having the boss send me for a drug test, I thought I better tell her what's going on. Although I still don't have an official dx, I told her I could have MS and that my neuro suspects it. She was cool with it and I don't have to worry about rumors.
But on the flip-side, since a few people know now that I'm not acting right sometimes  and my potential MS, I don't want the sympathy either. So I guess that's something you have to consider when telling your boss but I felt like I didn't have a choice in my situation.

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   Posted 3/12/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
When to tell is an issue that we all deal with.  Many don't tell the boss until they need an accommodation.  Many fear prejudice.  It is hard to prove that you were let go due to MS.  They can claim other reasons on termination papers. 
Many don't reveal MS until there is a need for a "reasonable accommodation".  Even when you do that, make sure you are earning nothing but excellent commendations on your work reviews. 
Telling people you have MS can cause unfair consequences. The bold, red print of the following site says it all.   
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
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