While I was gearing up to promote my memoir —Uncomfortably Numb, about the life-altering impact of my multiple sclerosis diagnosis — I realized I should probably tell my employer about both the memoir and the chronic illness.
Thus far, I haven’t had to ask for any accommodations, although I do have a handicapped parking pass to use on campus when I need it. But I thought it would be best if I told the administrator who runs my department in person. (This was well before the coronavirus caused nationwide school shut-downs.)
It prompted me to write an essay which was published by STAT News. The piece starts this way:
As I prepared to tell my employer that I have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, I worried about what to expect.
Maybe I’d get a shocked look from the administrator who oversees the department where I teach part-time. Or maybe I’d be quietly phased out, informed that future teaching opportunities have dried up.
This “big reveal” would be, according to multiple sclerosis advocates, a risky move.
Read the rest of the essay here.
Image credit: STAT News.