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.