I could write a book!
What is unique about my story is that I have been part of the management team in these corporations.
I always disclose because my Type 1 Diabetes is in the 2% of difficult to control. Extremely brittle (I know people don"t like that word). I made my request for reasonable accommodation up front: flexible scheduling for dr appt, meds, snacks, meals, and hypoglycemia. This was a condition of my accepting employment.
Before switching to an Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor 4 years ago, I was on Intensive Insulin Therapy with 8 insulin injections per day.
In the 80's I heard, "Gosh, can't you just eat more in the morning?" This was my boss expressing her frustration that I needed to eat lunch 5 hours after arriving at work. She used to tell me to take over the cash register and tell people to watch me as I slipped into an insulin reaction and began to shake and sweat and lose the ability to count the money. Then she would laugh and say, OK go ahead. Take your lunch break.
In the 90's there was a VP who told me that I made people uncomfortable when I would say, "I need to eat," then pace back and forth during an insulin reaction. This same person also said, " You are a Worker's Comp Case waiting to happen." and "We feel that your Diabetes is a weakness."
In 2009 a Human Resources Manager said," OK so you are saying that your blood sugar is low and you can't drive an hour to the office with it at 35, but we are having trouble understanding why you can't work from home by logging on to our system remotely, monitoring sales, preparing reports, and participating in conference calls during that time."
That was my last full time job in corporate America. I am now on SSDI
I fully realize that I had legal avenues to help me, but as part of the management teams of all of those companies, I was fully aware of how they really felt about anyone needing an accommodation. It wasn't worth the additional headache to pursue them.