My teenage child was diagnosed with cancer in the spring, resulting in intense treatment and hospitalization periods that will continue. The initial treatment will take over a year even if as successful as it can be, so our horizon for any type of normalcy is now measured in years.
My job, which is in middle management, is stressful and the company is going through a period of significant transition. I have been considering a position change to reduce stress and even have pursued opportunities that I put on hold when this diagnosis happened. My husband, who is not he primary bread winner, has recently become a stay-at-home dad in order to meet the demands of care.
I'd appreciate your opinion on how/whether I can pursue alternative employment while my child is being treated. I have questions such as:
--what are my obligations/expectations to disclose this information? (not legally but rather ethically, professionally, or what have you)
--when would I discuss this?
--How do you navigate (US) health insurance in this situation to ensure you don't have a gap?
--Is it silly to even consider a job change while treatment is ongoing?
Please note climbing a ladder is of no importance to me. I want enough money to pay my bills and obviously must have health insurance. I need to work for that reason and continue to work hard (albeit with some adjustments) despite my personal challenges.
Thanks in advance.