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Things You Can't Ask on a Job Application
When to tell?
I have accepted a new job. It's in a new city (half way across the country!!). It's with new people. New people who don't know that I have diabetes.
It was during my four-year tenure at my current job that I was diagnosed. I had no problem telling just about everyone in my very small office about diabetes. I already knew them and their personalities.
It's different now. I have a problem with going in to the boss on my first day and saying, "Hey, guess what..." I also have a problem with waiting three months until my benefits kick in, or even longer when someone sees me checking my sugar (or doesn't know what to do if I pass out)to say, "Oh, yeah, maybe I should have told you sooner."
However, I do think someone should know in case there's an emergency. Imagine if no one had known that I have diabetes the day I was 40 after lunch and couldn't walk to the fridge for a regular soda. What exactly would I have done?
I don't like to hide things, although I hid my pump during my interview (though not my ID bracelet). And I can't imagine that I'll do very well hiding this for very long, especially my sugar checking. I'm just not the kind of person who keeps secrets very well.
I know there are lots of people in prominent jobs who have kept their diagnosis from their employers. I really don't think that's deceptive, I just don't know if I can do that. I'm confident that my new employer will not care that I have diabetes. And when I say "not care" I mean that it won't influence the way she feels about me, my personality or my abilities.
I want them to know, I just need help picking the ideal time to blurt it out. Suggestions?
Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life. (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)