I wish I had an answer for this question that fit every situation. I don't.
The reality is that everyone has a unique work environment. The office (or whatever setting you work in) "culture" may be such that telling people about your multiple sclerosis (MS) brings out the best in people, resulting in them rallying around you in a supportive and empathetic manner. However, it could also be that revealing a condition like MS that could result in your abilities being hampered occasionally by MS symptoms could make everyone fearful or even hostile, as they focus their concern on how this could affect them negatively.
Most of us probably work in a situation that is kind of a combo of the two scenarios above, with some people turning out to be saints, others showing an evil, selfish side, and most people falling somewhere in the middle - sympathetic and not wanting someone to endure hardships from MS, but also not really liking the idea that your diagnosis or symptoms might affect them in any way (like increasing their workload).
Therefore, we all need to take a hard look at workplace disclosure of MS status - we must think through the details of how, why, when and whom to tell about our MS. I've put together some thoughts in the article linked to below to get you started on your workplace disclosure strategy.
I'd like to hear from you on this. What are your thoughts about telling people you work with that you have MS? What has your experience been in the past? What do you wish you would have done differently? Share your stories in the comments section below.
Read the full article here: Disclosing Your Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace