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Working With Chronic Illness: Meet EndoJourney

Time for my 3rd and final interview in my Working With Chronic Illness series! I hope that this series has been as beneficial to you as it has to me! I definitely feel less alone out there in the working world knowing I’ve got others going through similar circumstances!

I would like to introduce you to EndoJourney! You can find her blogging at Endometriosis: the Journey of a Woman Warrior or on twitter as @EndoJourney!

1-What are your illnesses? endometriosis
2-What kind of work do you do?  I run a nonprofit and I teach at a university.
3-Does your work match up to what you have a degree in (if applicable)?  Yes
4-Are you working because you want to or out of necessity?  Want to
5-How does your work affect your illness & overall health?  I get far less done since my surgery. I move more slowly, get more tired and am less efficient. Until my surgery I had to work my schedule around my period because the pain would take me out of commission for 3-5 days every time.
6-If you had the option, would you quit?  No I love it too much and it would kill me to know that my illness kept me for working.
7-What is the positive benefit of working with chronic illness?  I work more slowly and take on less so I can definitely tell my stress levels are very low.

 

8-What is the negative aspect of working with chronic illness?  It’s incredibly frustrating to never knowing what each day will be like and knowing that some days my illness takes over. I feel out of control and worry that I’m not doing my best. Being a perfectionist, that is very hard to accept.

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Working with Chronic Illness: Meet C.C.

Time for interview number #2 in my series on Working With Chronic Illness! Today I would like to introduce you to one of my newest BFF’s C.C. Almon. I honestly think we were separated at birth we have so much in common. She blogs over at My Journey As A Christ Follower, Wife, Mamma, & Fibromyalgia Fighter and you can find her on twitter too!

 

Thank you C.C. for being a part of this series!

 

1-What are your illnesses? fibromyalgia, migraines, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothyroidism, depression, miscarriages, infertility, deviated septum

 

2-What kind of work do you do? I am currently in the last few weeks of a two year residency as a hospital chaplain. I am unsure of what will happen next for me work wise.

 

3-Does your work match up to what you have a degree in (if applicable)?  Yes

 

4-Are you working because you want to or out of necessity?  It started out as wanting to do this type of work, but it has turned into a necessity.

 

5-How does your work affect your illness & overall health?  My illness is extremely worse because of my work. The stress, number of hours of work required, 24 hour on calls, etc. have taken me to a place where I am now in a power chair to even function in my job. Most days, I get home from work and simply collapse into a chair until bedtime.

 

6-If you had the option, would you quit?  In a heartbeat!

 

7-What is the positive benefit of working with chronic illness?  I am able to make meaning of my own illnesses and experiences and use them to minister to others.

 

8-What is the negative aspect of working with chronic illness?  Many days, I simply cannot function. I have had to take numerous days off work because of my illness. Even when I am at work, I am not able to do the amount of work that is required of everyone else in my office.