Friday, July 1, 2011

To tell or not to tell, that is the question.

Now that I’m employed as a permanent employee, I’ve begun to toy with the idea of whether or not I should disclose to my employer as well as my coworkers that I have MS. In my last position at the newspaper I was met with understanding from my coworkers around me but it was upper-management that I would constantly butt heads with. This has left me with a feeling that maybe I should keep my mouth shut.

But something also tells me that this place is different. One of the strongest attributes of this company is that they embrace our diversity and there’s a definite level of acceptance here. I feel like there may even be the slight possibility that some may join in a cause or two if I approached them with it, for instance, participating as a companywide team in an MS walk.

What are your thoughts? Did you tell your employer and coworkers? If so, how was the news received? I’d love to hear your feedback.


  1. I think they need to be told. Not just because it "is the right thing to do" (which it is), but because sooner or later (hopefully MUCH later) you will have a relapse and will need the time off to deal with it. When/if such a time comes, you will feel good, knowing you told the truth all the time. I would definitely tell when you are just "looks" better.

  2. You do not have to disclose anything nor do you need to tell them exactly what you have even if you need accommodations. I do not agree with it "is the right thing to do" and it has nothing to do with having "told the truth all the time." You have certain rights. It is totally up to you if, what, when and how much you disclose. Contact your local Multiple Sclerosis Society who should be able to give you general information and direct you to someone who can answer specific questions about disabilities in the workplace.