I’m a ballet dancer at the Montgomery Ballet Company and I’m switching over to a new ballet company which fits me much better! I’m so excited to start but I’ve also just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks ago. Diabetes affects my dancing sometimes even when I try my best to hide it and since I’m going on the pump in a month or two it’ll be impossible to hide. I’ve never had to tell my current artistic director that I have diabetes or any health issue for that matter. He’s quite a scary boss to put it lightly.
Luckily my new artistic director is very nice or so I’ve heard so I’m sure she wouldn’t mind but I’m curious as to how to do it. I want to just do it in a way that doesn’t make her think I’m sick or unable to perform because I’m dancing just fine. I guess I don’t want to be labeled as “Cat the diabetic” but I also don’t want her to see me rush off to eat something because I’m low and think that I’m lazy or bored in rehearsal.
What have other people done when they’re moving into a new job? Do you email? Talk to your boss in person? Do you even have to tell your boss? Well, I suppose it’s a good idea to but what’s your guy’s opinion?