But don’t be fooled. It’s not as sweet as it looks.
Do you day dream about quitting your jobso you’re not always torn in 10 directions from the pressures of personal commitments, work demands and a sick body? Are you always behind — feeling you’ve never done enough — because of this chronic illness?
Do you wish you could give 110%– as you used to ? And since you can’t, you can’t see a reason to go on giving anything? I did.
But when I stopped working and went on disability, I not only filled my time with other things, I missed working more than I ever thought possible. Working helped me feel normal, distracted me from my sick body and gave me an income that I valued and needed.
I described this in the chapter, Why You Should Keep Working, from my soon to be released book, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend, (do I hear drumbeats?) :
“If quitting the workforce were to become a reality, the decision would most likely bring a strong sense of relief and even hopeful anticipation as you considered the possibilities. But as time marched on, these emotions might fade, replaced by an insidious fear that you would never be able to work again. This fear could expand into a feeling of being financially vulnerable, unable to support yourself without assistance ever again. Ultimately, it could lead to a sense of feeling trapped.
Wow! That’s not a pretty picture. It’s certainly not an inevitable outcome, but sadly, it’s a common scenario. That’s why we’ve written this book for those who are still employed but dream—innocently and perhaps inaccurately—about the alternative. We encourage you to keep working, girlfriends.”
In a recent post in this blog, WorkingWithChronicIllness , I wrote about a wellness benefit that could make a critical and career saving difference for people who live with chronic illneess. Career coaching for people living with chronic illness should be considered an employee “wellness” benefit. Is this something that you’ve thought about? Who would you suggest it to at work?