On a Reddit sub-thread, the Original Poster (OP) told how she exposed her breast cancer scars to her coworkers after they spread rumors she was abusing her medical leave.
Bravely Facing Breast Cancer
OP said she had breast cancer about a year and a half ago.
She had surgery to remove all her tumors but declined breast reconstruction, so she has no breast or nipple on her left side. She wears a prosthetic bra to hide her chest.
Returning to Work
OP returned to work 3 1/2 weeks after her surgery and didn’t need any more chemotherapy or radiation.
Taking Time off for Important Appointments
She takes intermittent Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) to attend check-ups and screenings since she is at a high risk of her cancer returning.
Her Co-worker Has a Much Longer Recovery
A coworker in another department also has breast cancer, but she wasn’t as lucky and had to take more time off work for treatment.
Missing Meetings for Important Checkups
Recently, OP missed an important meeting for a breast MRI and bone scan, she had been approved for FMLA.
People Around the Office Are Suspicious
However, her coworkers and immediate supervisor have been spreading rumors that she doesn’t have cancer because she returned to work so soon after her surgery.
The Claims They’re Making
They accuse of her abusing FMLA.
Snarky Response From Her Supervisor
OP has to undergo another surgery to help with the scarring. She let her supervisor know they are thinking about scheduling it for the summer, and he said “right, the cancer thing again”.
People Are Starting to Spread Rumors
Then last week, she overheard coworkers in the office next door spreading rumors about her.
The Horrible Things They Said
They claimed she was scamming everyone and did not deserve any upcoming raise because she did not have cancer.
Getting Revenge and Putting the Rumors to Rest
She became upset and lifted her shirt to show them her scars, and told them to “see these!”
Could She Face Legal Repercussions?
She now regrets her outburst and is worried about potential legal consequences. She is unsure if she should go to HR and apologize or consult a lawyer.
She Hasn’t Heard a Word Since
As of Monday, no one has mentioned anything to her, which is causing her to feel worried.
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