Review: Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease

Women, Work, and Autoimmune DiseaseI read Women, Work and Autoim­mune Dis­ease by Ros­alind Joffe and Joan Fried­lan­der a few months back, but for some rea­son my review on Ama­zon nev­er showed up, and I did­n’t think to keep a copy for myself. It seems to final­ly be there now, so I’ll put it here, too (slight­ly expand­ed).

This book is one the best I’ve ever found for those of us who have chron­ic ill­ness­es, but want to con­tin­ue work­ing. It goes beyond the stan­dard “cop­ing tips” to talk blunt­ly about pac­ing your­self, search­ing for a job, keep­ing a job, nego­ti­at­ing with your employ­er for accom­mo­da­tions, and being self-employed. Top­ics like “when do I dis­close a disability/illness?” are cov­ered by authors who have exten­sive per­son­al expe­ri­ence build­ing their careers despite chron­ic ill­ness­es.

The title does refer specif­i­cal­ly to women, but I think the book can also be very use­ful for men. Like­wise, there’s no rea­son to lim­it read­er­ship to peo­ple with autoim­mune dis­eases.

I’ll be buy­ing copies to send to some of my friends. I don’t plan to let mine out of my sight! I hope to get a copy of the accom­pa­ny­ing work­book soon, as well.

Jof­fe’s blog, Work­ing With Chron­ic Ill­ness, is also good read­ing.

Another One Down

I fin­ished up week 3 of the semes­ter, which means that we’re almost at the halfway point. I real­ly, real­ly want to get done with both class­es this semes­ter. I’ve had to drop the man­age­ment class twice in the past, and I’m tired of it!

The human­i­ties class isn’t that bad, oth­er than the “My Coun­try Right or Wrong” crowd. Some­one pulled out the old, “If you don’t like it you should just move” non­sense yes­ter­day. I wish I’d had a way to place a bet on how long it would take for that to hap­pen, as I fig­ured it was about time.
Con­tin­ue read­ing “Anoth­er One Down”