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Offline hk

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Cancer
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:43:47 AM »
Hello!

I was diagnosed with a slow growing cancer 2 years back. Currently I am getting a shot every 3 months, and that is my treatment. I am perfectly healthy and can perform my functions just fine. My cancer cannot be cured, but can be treated.

I had a PC interview last week and was wondering if the above diagnosis will create a problem for me. If yes, what my options?

Thanks

Offline PCVolunteer

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2015, 02:22:31 PM »
The PO doesn't have access to any of your medical history due to HIPAA and unfortunately, the actual medical clearance process doesn't begin until after you receive your invitation. Even though you aren't assigned a pre-service nurse yet, you are able to contact them through the MAP at anytime and one will assist you. I would recommend reaching out to them and explaining your current situation. Although you may be healthy and treatment seems to be fairly easy it may not be something they accommodate during service.

Offline hk

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2015, 03:36:00 PM »
I am sorry for my ignorance...what/who is a PO and what is an MAP?

I am new to this forum.

Also I forgot to tell you that my interviewed was for the position of Director of Finance and Operations.

Thought? Appreciate feedbacks, if any.

Also, can I give PC a waiver from medical treatment for next 6 months or one year and get into service?

Thanks


Offline PCVolunteer

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 04:16:06 PM »
Sorry, I should have been more clear. One thing you should know is that Peace Corps loves to use abbreviations for things.

The PO is your Placement Officer or Placement Specialist that will conduct your interview. They will also be your point of contact from that point on throughout the process.

The MAP is the Medical Applicant Portal, which you had to sign up for during the initial application process and completing your health history form. When signing in you can go to the Messages section and that will go to a pre-service nurse that can answer any questions or concerns that you may have. They are very helpful!

I am not sure about waiving medical treatment and don't want to give you a false answer, but I would lean towards no.

If you are open to other options there is a pretty active group over on Reddit that consists of many applicants, PCV's and Returned PCV's.

https://www.reddit.com/r/peacecorps/
AND
https://www.reddit.com/r/peacecorpsvolunteers/

Offline hk

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 04:45:06 PM »
Thanks! I just posted this on reddit. Appreciate your help.

Offline amanda_pearl

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2015, 07:17:58 AM »
This forum and the Reddit forum are made up of Peace Corps Volunteers and people seeking those positions. It looks like you are seeking employment through PC, and that is a completely different process from what we are familiar with.

Human Resources cannot discriminate against you based on your health status, so it shouldn't affect a job offer. If you are applying for an overseas position, they may require a medical screening to ensure you are fit for service, and then the only time your health would affect your employment is if they believed your health condition would prevent you from being able to perform essential job functions or if you would be unable to receive your treatment wherever you are posted. As far as healthcare goes, you will be a federal employee, so you will receive federal health insurance, but Peace Corps will not be your healthcare provider.