How to balance chronic illness and work?

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Hello everyone,

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Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can change a person’s life. Unlike a temporary illness such as a cold or the flu, chronic illness may never go away and can disrupt a patient’s life in many ways, encroaching on their daily liferoutines, and career.

Following our new article on the subject (Working with a chronic illness: Carenity members share their experience!), I thought we could open a discussion on the topic to discuss together!

What do you think of the article? Does it reflect your experience? Has your illness had an impact on your professional life? How so? Can you share any advice?

Feel free to share and discussion here!

Take care,
Courtney

Beginning of the discussion - 2/27/21

How to balance chronic illness and work?


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My struggle with depression took over my work life. I unfortunately lost my job may 1st 2019 and felt so hopeless that I attempted to take my own life on may 3rd 2019. Spent 34 days in ICU and have been recovering ever since. A huge mistake and I regret it every day. I now am seeking the help I need to live the best I can with the illness/ illnesses I have. I am stronger than I thought I was and getting better every day. 

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@JamieShaw That is amazing and awesome!  Please know, that you are special and loved!

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Thank you so much. That means the world to me.

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I haven't been able to work. I've been on Social Security disability over 10 years now. I don't know how people deal with a chronic illness or illnesses and still work. Maybe they don't have a choice.  Disability sure doesn't match what you would make from working. 

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It is a struggle every day. You have to be careful to take care of yourself, take your medications and perform well. 

Be safe, everyone. 

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@JamieShaw i just read your story..  I am sorry this is a late response, I hope you're doing better, and I hope you know that you are loved and you are amazing!! 

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@Horserider‍ thank you. That means the world to me. It really does I feel special when someone recognizes my struggle.

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@JamieShaw awe sweetheart.  I hope you know that you're a special person and despite what you did in the past, it's in the past and you look towards the future!! 

I hope you're getting counseling,  I think that will help you tremendously.  But whatever you decide to do, know this... you are a strong person and have a lot to give!!!

Stay strong and healthy!!

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I was diagnosed with bipolar at 30 years old. Before that I was treated for depression and I had some really good days. I taught school orchestra 7th through 12th grades for 25 years.  I took a sabbatical after my 9th year and rested and recovered.  My first 9 years I was mostly manic so things went well. I was very confident and the students performed well. My last 4 years I was very depressed and my quality of teaching suffered. I was very glad to retire. Three days after I retired I broke my back in 3 places, and again in one place the next year. This helped put an end to my violin performing. It is just too painful.