Clearly, as someone who writes this blog, I have no problem sharing details about my MS with lots of people. I was slightly taken aback, however, when I was in a professional situation (in my capacity as an epidemiologist) and one of my new colleagues mentioned my MS, telling me they had Googled me prior to the meeting.
I found this a little disturbing, as I tend to post personal information about symptoms and other ways that MS impacts my life on this site. I guess I just assumed that it would be read by others with MS, never considering that "outsiders" would read about my struggles. It really gave me empathy for those who live with MS and work outside of the home in an environment where they are not 100% sure that sharing their MS status is a good idea.
That made me wonder even further about how I would behave in a job interview. In the world of Google and Facebook, information is out there. Prospective employers are not allowed to ask about any medical conditions during the interview. However, I don't know how well I would do in a general question about my life without mentioning MS.
I'd love to hear from you. Did any of you mention your MS during your job interview? What was the result? How long did you wait before telling people at work that you have MS? Please, leave your stories in the comments section below.