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How to handle the discussion with potential employers about being a cancer patient in remission. Must you tell them?
Was diagnosed with cancer in July 2019. Worked full time with minimal interruptions until a major surgery and STD was required for 6 months. I returned to my job May 31, 2020 t(during COVID) to a somewhat hostile environment where it was obvious they were looking for ways to let me go by blaming my performance instead of real issue - agism, concerns about my health, highly paid and letting me go would help the company stay solvent during the COVID situation.. I was among 10 or so others who were also let go or not returned from furlough in July 2020. In either case, I am now in remission, however I get infusions every 21 days (less than 2 hours of the day - minimal if any work disruption and minimal/no side effects or work restrictions, except that I am high risk and its best for me to WFH..which I've done for the majority of the last 10 years. ) Any way, I am a young 57 searching for my next Customer Success/Relationship management role in the IT/Life Sciences space or other industries and spaces if the right and interest opportunity arises. How do I/When do I broach the cancer topic? How do I respond to/present the lack of integrity involved in my departure from my last company? I don't want to and never have bad mouthed past employers. Guidance please.
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