I'm graduating at the end of this academic year and I have a gap of around two years on my resume before I started my Ph.D. at a top 10 program in my field. This was caused by diagnosed illness, which caused cancer and finally required a major surgery. The whole ordeal took two years to recover from. I was initially surprised to get into my current Ph.D. program and had a tough start, since two years in a bed makes you forget a lot.
It's quite obvious from my resume that there's a gap and even though I have a 4.0 GPA from undergrad and good publications from during my Ph.D., I'm sure someone will ask, since I'm applying for industry positions.
There's also the "toughest challenge?" question that often comes up on interviews. My issues is therefore, whether I should bring this up myself or wait until someone asks? I somehow feel that it would be good to get it over with early on in the interview. Any thoughts?
My main problem with this is if employers might think that I'm a ticking bomb that might go off any second. My cancer was however found in extremely early stages by accident when investigating something else.