I have found it difficult to discuss my health issues at work. It’s a tricky one because I’m afraid that health disclosures will effect how I’m perceived in my job. I’d hate to be discriminated against simply because I have illnesses. I don’t want to be tarred with the stigma of having chronic illnesses in case it effects how I’m perceived and treated. I cannot afford to lose my job. In order to avoid this I generally don’t discuss my health issues with people at work.
However, I have been at this office since January 2010 and, I believe, have proved that I’m a reliable and determined member of staff. I have completed a number of projects in good time and have enjoyed some new responsibilities thrown at me.
So when I arrived at work one morning in November I told my line manager and partner that I would need surgery, I was determined that I would get the “endometriosis” word out. My friends from the office haven’t asked me much about the condition yet but I have made it perfectly clear that I’m available for questions. I expect there will be more questions upon my return to work. Well, I hope there will be.