Recently, I’ve been experiencing significantly more severe fatigue. As a result, it’s become increasingly difficult for me to keep up with my work responsibilities.
I’ve actually contemplated disclosing the impact of my chronic health issues upon my overall work performance. However, I’m still very reluctant to inform others about my chronic illnesses in an employment setting.
I feel that disclosure of my medical problems might help others to better understand why my work performance is uneven at times. I’d waste much less precious energy with trying to act as if I’m much healthier than is actually the case.
Nevertheless, I fear being seen differently. I dread being viewed as disabled, despite the fact that I truly am. I dread the awareness of not being able to take back my disclosure, with all of its repercussions, both expected and unexpected.