View Full Version : Looking for job - disclose CF or not???

09-30-2003, 05:00 PM
I was diagnosed last year as a mature adult. I find myself in a position to look for a new job. What have you others done in job interviews? Do you tell them you have CF or have a disability or what or nothing??? How do prospective employers react? I am fairly healty, have not been in hospital for years, as I keep things undercontrol with antibiotics and being careful. MARY55W/CF

09-30-2003, 05:07 PM
YOu should contact the social worker at your nearest Adult CF CLinic. They should be able to help you out. CF is covered under the American's With Disabilities Act, so you should not experiance discrimination. Where are you located? Check the CF foundation site to find an Adult specialist. Good luck.Debbie22 yr old w/ CF

09-30-2003, 06:52 PM
You do not have to reveal it and it's illegal for any perspective employer to ask. Just because it's illegal to discriminate based on disabilities, that certainly doesn't mean that it won't happen. I wouldn't say anything about your having cf.

09-30-2003, 06:57 PM
whoops I meant prospective employers, not perspective- d'oh!

09-30-2003, 07:26 PM
I think if you are fairly healthy you should not tell them. The reason is that like someone else said even though its illegal to not hire someone because of a disability they easily can disriminate and blame another factor (experience or simply "someone else is more fit"). If you think you will need time off for hospital visits then maybe you should, but it sounds like you are a very healthy CFer. But I would check with your social worker who I am sure is used to that sort of question.

10-08-2003, 07:21 PM
i always tell. because i want those multiple sick days explained and because i like being honest. i always make an emphasis that i do not seek special treatment - i oppose it and i wish to be under the same demands as my healthy co-workers. that's usually what happens.i do not write it in my resume, but it all works out very well - here in israel, everybody do army servise. because of my cf, i didn't. here, in your resume you include what you did in the army. in my resume, there's not a word about army. so when i'm interviewed, face-to-face, the employer asks about army servise, i tell them about cf. at that point, they already see me, see that i'm looking normal and talking normal and everything's good, and they see a person with a disease, not a disease behind which there's a person. it even works out to my benefit, because usually they ask me how do i cope with work and taking care of cf, and i have an opportunity to tell them about how cf had taught me to be determined, hard working and strive to achieve as many goals as possible. somehow, they see that if i can deal with this disease successfully, i'd make a good worker. and i haven't faced any discrimination because of cf. of course, i'm in a different country, i dont know how things are in usa.

10-10-2003, 05:50 AM
I am a full-time paramedic with cystic fibrosis (you wouldn't know it to look at me). I am very open about my illness and welcome any questions from friends and co-workers. It is suprising how little people know about our disease. Usually they just say, "okay" when you tell them you have CF. I guess they don't know what to say, and think they will look stupid if they ask what exactly cystic fibrosis is. I take my nebulizer to work with me since I work very long hours (20 hour shift, two days per week). You would be suprised how supportive people can be. I find that my supervisor is much more understanding about time off from work due to hospitalizations or illnesses. Good luck with your decision!