Working and studying with acromegaly
Continuing to work or study, if you are able to, can be an excellent way to keep your mind focused on something else besides your health.
Many people with acromegaly continue to work and study.
Managing your time
Your ability and decision to continue to work or study will depend on your overall health and energy levels, as well as the support and flexibility of your employer or academic institution.
Deciding whether to continue or cut back on working or studying will also depend on how you feel during and after treatment.
Many people who want to continue working or studying are able to do so in some capacity. Some people manage by adjusting their work or study hours for a while, perhaps working or studying part time, becoming self-employed, taking a sabbatical or, depending on their age and financial status, retire.
Do I have to tell my employers or teachers?
In many cases, you do not need to share all the details about your diagnosis and treatment with anyone.
You may only need to let them know about anything that may impact upon your ability to work or study, or that may cause a health and safety risk for yourself or others, or if you may need more time to complete study assignments. Academic institutions can often offer extra time for people to complete their homework or exams if needed.
You could consider sharing the following information:
- Whether you will be able to perform all of your job’s duties or need extra time for assignments
- If you want other people in your work/study place to know
- If you need to take time off from work/study for treatment or recovery, and when you are likely to return to work/study
- If you are taking any medications that may cause side effects that may affect your performance or safety at work/study
- Any adjustments to your work/study environment or working/studying hours that you may need
You may need to talk with your doctor or other member of your healthcare team before you can provide this information.
If you take paid leave because you are sick, your employer may require a medical document from your doctor confirming that you’re unwell.
For more information and advice about your employment rights, your local patient support group should also be able to help advise you on your rights at work.
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