Mar 09, 2006 - 12:32 pm
The night I was diagnosed with vulvar cancer and found out I would need surgery within the week I e-mailed a few friends at work telling them my diagnosis in clinical terms and the needed surgical treatment.
Two days later the director called both my manager and myself into her office. I was sternly, verbally reprimanded by our director.
I was told that 'it' was private; and to keep it that way. I considered my e-mail to be sort of a PSA in addition to explaining my upcoming absence to people I often collaborate with. It never occurred to me people wouldn't be able to look me in the eye without envisioning my lopsided labia. Some even considered it to be pornographic in nature. I guess I should have said I have a boo-boo on my hoo-hoo and let people inquire further if interested.
Has anyone else experienced this type of silly reaction in the workplace?