I’ve just started working as a substitute teacher at a highschool. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of talks with friends and family members about my new job as I struggle with the question if I should tell the school about my situation.
If it was ‘just’ the AVM, I would not worry about telling them. If it’s okay to drive than I think it’s okay to teach! I also have focal seizures though, that take away my ability to speak and focus for up to an hour at the time.
These seizures are mostly under control through medication and if they come, it’s usually early in the morning or in the evening, but there is still a small chance of it happening at school.
If I tell them though, they may not want me to work there as people often picture a grand mal when I tell them about my epilepsy. Right now, things are going really well and they may even offer me a job as a teacher for the next school year and I really don’t want to mess that up. It has been my lifelong dream to become a teacher.
Do you think I should tell them and risk losing my job or is it okay to just see how it goes?