So I was ready to go into my fourth year of college before I was diagnosed (it was already looking like I was on the 5 or 5 and a half year program, changed majors and had a few rough semesters). Now I have a year gap in my college career and on my resume and Im not sure how to explain it in a professional setting or if Im just outright asked about it during an interview. Do I answer them straight up and tell them my story(I would have no problem doing this) or try to shrug it off with as little explanation as possible, just saying like "medical reasons" or something of the like.
Im due to go back to school this fall and am somewhat nervous about how I will be able to handle it with the lingering effects of chemobrain and just being out of the routine of doing course-work for a year. I plan on going to my professors and explaining to them what has happened and seeing if they can offer any leniency. Strangely I am going to be taking an independent study course under a professor who has also just finished treatment for testicular cancer (same as I). I am wondering how this professor-student relationship will go knowing we have both been through this same life altering thing. Fortunately (depending how you look at it) I was already diagnosed with a learning disability before all of this and because of this I can receive extended time on tests and exams. This should prove helpful I think.
Have any of you been through a situation similar in any way? What are you thoughts or suggestions?