Colorectal Cancer: Post Treatment 6 Months Plus: At Work: Stages II,III,IV
IF YOU READ ABOUT THIS SUBJECT PREVIOUSLY, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS WORTH REVIEWING. IT HELPS MINIMIZE
THE IMPACT OF YOUR HEALTH HISTORY AT WORK.
Indications are that colorectal cancer does not affect a person's career long term.
If you need a change at work because of emotional or physical needs to help you do your job (an "accommodation"), you may legally be entitled to one under the law or as a member of a union. Even if you aren't legally entitled to an accommodation under laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), negotiate for one. After all, if you don't get the accommodation your job performance may suffer and your job may be at risk for non-performance. Survivorship A to Z shows you how. Click here. One accommodation to consider is working at home.
You may be legally protected against discrimination at work by laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act(ADA). Discrimination is hard to prove. For instance, just because a person doesn't get a raise or a job promotion does not necessarily mean that there was discrimination.
Start keeping a Work Journal which includes conversations or actions that you think could indicate that you are being discriminated against.
Also include in your journal the good things that happen, such as a good work report, or when someone compliments you for a job well done.
For information about this subject, click here.
If you start to run into problems, see the section of this document: What To Do If You Run Into Problems At Work. (Link to the new section below).
If you need time off because of your health, juggle what the time is called to maximize employer's benefits. Note that under the Family and Medical Leave Act(FMLA) (T71) which provides time off without income, the time off does not have to be continuous. It can be in blocks of time, or it can be intermittent, such as taking time to go to a medical appointment. If you need time off due to health, our document shows you how to maximize benefits. Click here.
Start planning "just in case" there is a recurrence or something else happens. Because of your health history, you are at increased risk of a recurrence or developing another cancer. See the section of this document "Plan Ahead 'Just In Case".
If you haven't disclosed your health condition at work, we're not suggesting you do so now. We're just raising the issue so you are aware of your rights.
There is no legal obligation to disclose and no right or wrong. However, keeping a secret is stressful. The greater the secret, the greater the stress. Stress impacts the immune system.
Is it time for a change? It is not unusual for people who have gone through treatment for colorectal cancer to reevaluate what is important, including wanting a different kind of satisfaction at work or a different balance between work and play - while doing whatever is necessary to keep or obtain good health insurance coverage. You may even want to become self employed or start your own business. (For tips, click here about starting a new business, click here.)
What could happen in the future is not a reason to prevent you from pursuing your dream.
If you are not satisfied with your job, or want to earn more money or get better benefits, job lock because of a health condition is a thing of the past.
You do not have to tell a new employer about your colorectal cancer history thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
A new employer cannot ask about your health history or current health condition.
Your current health insurance counts as a credit against any waiting period a new employer's health insurance imposes on new hires for preexisting conditions thanks to a law known as HIPAA.