Applying For a New Job with Ulcerative Colitis – HELP

Please Help Me Out Here

I have been applying to this particular company for over a year. I really want to work there. So I was thrilled when I finally got a call back for a phone interview & it’s on Tuesday. My question is: what’s the best way to approach the subject of my UC? I was thinking it might be better to broach this subject during a face-to-face interview. But I have to bring it up since I go for Remicade every 8 weeks.

I know I can do the job. That’s not an issue. But I don’t want my potential employer to feel like I shouldn’t be hired because of my UC. I’m just really not sure what is the best way for me to handle this. Any suggestions??

Colitis Medications:

Immune System Support Vitamin


Submitted by “LARA” in the Colitis Venting Area

5 thoughts on “Applying For a New Job with Ulcerative Colitis – HELP”

  1. I wouldn’t even mention it at interview if it is just one day every eight weeks or so. Anyone can have a sick day after 8 weeks. When it gets close to the time, you could offer to make up time on the days surrounding Remicade day.

  2. Hi Lara

    I’m completely with Bronny on this one. The employers want to know that you can do the role and you say you can so if hopefully you get the job then you can gradually approach the subject with them then.

    I’m in a similar situation to you, in a sense that i had to give my job up due to the horrible symptoms, luckily they have now eased but i do suffer from quite a bit of pain directly above my belly button, my left hand side and lower back… the pain comes and goes, one day i can be symptom free and the next in unbearable agony.

    I am hoping to start applying for jobs within the next few weeks (against my doctors wishes) as i am bored stiff sitting at home on a daily basis. If i get through to interview stage then there is no way i will bring my illness up because that could potentially go against me and i don’t think that’s fair….i want them to know that i can do the job and then once i’ve secured the job i can let them know…..well they can’t exactly sack me then can they?

    Focus on getting the job first Lara before saying anything, that would be the best advise i can give.

    Good luck with the interview x

  3. Absolutely no reason to mention it. If you can perform 100% of the job duties of the position you’re applying for with UC, it’s completely irrelevant. If you start missing work because of UC (for Remicade or otherwise) or if you need accommodations (e.g. office close to bathroom, more frequent breaks), raise it with HR then. After you have the job. Good luck!

  4. I am currently going through a similar situation. I left my job on medical leave in June for my UC (my story is posted on the site), when I felt well enough to go back to work, I was told there was no longer enough work for me. I haved toyed with the idea of applying for disabality, but I need to work for my own well-being, so I started the job searching process. I have been able to land a postion in a doctors office for a local hospital that I have longed to work for. I did not tell the office manager I am sick. Like many others have said, I will cross that bridge when I get there. I was hired because of what I am able to do and my skill level. I do not want to be defined by this disease. Good luck in your new job, hopefully they will be understanding when the time comes.

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