Me and Dizzy had abit of a stressful week last week. For the first time we’re facing possible redundancy and it’s got us thinking about employment and MS.
Having MS has always made me feel vulnerable when it comes to work. I’m one of those people that worries far to much about letting people down and I’ve always worried what my employers would think. Would they think I was too unreliable? Not fit for the job? This is partly why I kept my condition a secret at work until recently. As it turned out they’ve been amazing about it! 🙂
Loads of positives have come from this and it’s made me feel so much more secure in my job. Until this. First I sat and worried about whether my condition would effect their decision and then I also started worrying if I am made redundant what do you tell people at an interview?! I know it’s illegal for people to discriminate against you for having a disability but I can’t help but wonder if it always works like that. Really I know at my work it won’t be taken into consideration, but especially with things like job interviews, how do you know that having MS doesn’t effect their decisions in some way?
At the moment I’m on orders from HR to look after myself to try and avoid the stress setting of the MS…I couldn’t help but wonder if I told them I definitely thought it would that they’d tell me my job was safe? But I don’t think it works like that. So me and Dizzy are trying to be stress free and I’m wondering if my best option would be to send Dizzy to the meetings this week. I think she would do a better job at these sorts of things than me…no one could tell little Dizzy she was redundant could they?
We’re hoping we won’t have to be applying for any new jobs but it has got us thinking about it. Has anyone else faced the problem of not knowing whether to disclose their medical condition in certain situations? What did you decide to do and what was the response? xxx