I’ve fooled people into thinking I’m an ordinary person.
I’ve been a librarian for over 17 years so far. I was the victim of an accidental disclosure of my illness in 2005.
As that news was out of the bag I told certain co-workers that I published my memoir Left of the Dial. Three of them showed up to the launch party for my book.
When people find out I have a diagnosis of SZ they’re shocked. One co-worker had no idea until he found out.
I still maintain that disclosure on most jobs is too risky (even in the face of how I survived and thrived on my job after people found out).
In the next blog entry I’m going to devote time to a dirty little secret in the workplace.
You need to know this information to be able to make the right choice in your situation about whether to disclose or not.
I have the luxury of having the diagnosis out in the open. Nobody cares and nobody thinks any differently of me.
If you asked me what I came into this world to do in this lifetime it would be to a make difference.
No one with a mental health condition who wants to go to school or work at a job should remain sidelined from doing these things.
It’s 2018. The future is here today. It’s possible for peers to succeed in finding a career we love and would be good at.