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To Tell or Not To Tell

I own my company and I've been diagnosed with a serious disease and am being treated while I continue to work. I decided not to say anything about this to colleagues or clients because it would make me uncomfortable, I think it would make them uncomfortable, and it may make them think I can't do my work properly. I took the human resources manager into my confidence because she has to handle the insurance claims. Is this appropriate?

Ans. You should do anything that makes YOU feel most comfortable. If it means keeping your personal business to yourself, continue to do so. But you might find that if you confide in close friends at the office they will offer comfort, help and support if you should need that during the day. Also, you may find it's too much of a strain to try and keep such an important secret.

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