I 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.
Sam and I spent most of our date time looking at laptops. Yes, we’re finally replacing the one that died last summer. Yay!
I find it easier to put what I find online in context after having actually played with a bunch of machines tonight, so I’ll be doing a lot of research online.
Anybody have any strong recommendations or good/bad experiences to share? Knowledge of any places that give “educational discounts” that aren’t just “steer your students to us and we’ll give you a little lower price on your own machines” deals? Sure experience exorcising Vista from a “Vista-compatible” PC? Please speak up!
Continue reading “Laptop Research & Shopping”
Today’s post is at Fibrant Living. I want to talk about working with a chronic illness, or returning to work after you’ve developed one. Please comment there!
I’m working on a new podcast episode. Really!
And I’d like very much to hear from you. Are you working? Have you had to change anything about work since developing a chronic illness? Have any of you gone back to work after taking some time off? Anybody willing to be interviewed?
I managed to avoid the crime news, which is always horrific. Okay, I mostly avoided it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kidnapping and rape is getting to me. That poor little girl!
Transgender candidate misled voters, suit alleges
Actually, these guys seem to be suing everybody but the dogcatcher down there in Riverdale.
What does Ms. Bruce’s gender have to do with how she’ll perform as a city council member? Nothing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a couple of sore losers just won’t let go. Asshats!
Trumpet the news: Elephant is going to be a mom
But she won’t deliver until somewhere around April 1, 2009! 22 months of pregnancy. Dumbo never mentioned that little fact.
In metro Atlanta, profile of those in need during the holidays has changed
It isn’t just during the holidays, either. Food banks across the country are seeing more and more working people who need help. They’re having to reduce the amount of food given to each person or family because the demand has outpaced the supply so much.
I can’t say that I’m surprised. I know too many people who are just barely scraping by, and it isn’t because they’re irresponsible. It’s just how the American economy is, and something needs to change very quickly.