“I decided to go to university and change career. Having acromegaly has been the start of a new chapter in my life”
This patient testimonial reflects only this person’s opinions about their own care. Each person’s case is unique. You should always consult a doctor for information and advice about the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly.
Your ability and decision to continue to work or study will depend on your overall health and energy levels, as well as the support and flexibility of your employer or academic institution.
Deciding whether to continue or cut back on working or studying will also depend on how you feel during and after treatment.
Many people who want to continue working or studying are able to do so. Some people manage by adjusting their work or study hours for a while, perhaps working or studying part time, becoming self-employed, taking a sabbatical, or depending on their age and financial status, retire.
In many cases, you do not need to share all the details about your diagnosis and treatment with anyone.
You may only need to let them know about anything that may impact upon your ability to work or study, or that may cause a health and safety risk for yourself or others or if you may need more time to complete study assignments. Academic institutions can often offer extra time for people to complete their homework or exams if needed.
You could consider the following when determining whether to share information about your condition:
You may need to talk with your doctor or other member of your healthcare team before you can provide this information.
If you take paid leave because you are sick, your employer may require a medical document from your doctor confirming that you’re unwell.
For more information and advice about your employment rights, your local patient support group should also be able to help advise you on your rights at work.
Read practical tips to help make your life with acromegaly easier, including tips from others living with the condition
Find an acromegaly patient support group in your country to find out about local activities and events that you may be able to attend
Learn about acromegaly including what causes this slowly evolving condition, and the early symptoms and signs