My employer doesn’t know about my diagnosis and obviously since (touch wood) I am currently fine, I would have no reason to tell them at the moment.
However, they have opened a voluntary redundancy programme and this is something that I would really like to get, because I am going to have to resign from work when my eldest child starts school so that I’m around for her…so a big payout would be far preferable to resigning with nothing.
The problem is, my department at work is really busy and in the last 2 rounds of voluntary redundancies, most applications in my department (which is not sales linked) were denied, and the only people who got it were people who they kind of wanted rid of anyway. So there’s a big likelihood if I apply for redundancy again this time, i won’t get it.
However if I tell them my diagnosis they might decide that giving me redundancy is preferable to dealing with the situation if my MS gets worse in the future, I’m not as able to do my job, taking sick leave etc.
The downside is of course that I’m currently fine and if I tell work my diagnosis it will totally change their perception of me, they may not want to give me any new responsibilities, they won’t feel I have any career prospects etc. And there’s no guarantee that telling them will get me the redundancy.
I haven’t told my family and friends yet either and obviously if I’m telling work I’d have to tell them too which I dread.
I have an appointment with a private consultant to get more information and a second opinion on the diagnosis / no medication / dietary change etc. I didn’t want to tell anyone anything until I’d spoken to him and got confirmation of the diagnosis and more information. But the voluntary redundancy programme closes before the earliest appointment date I could get with him.
Would appreciate any advice you have.