(Before I get to today’s topic),
I’ve been asked to offer an alternative to the multiple posts/week blog. So, for those who just want to hear from me once/month (drum rolls, please….)
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And, now, speaking about Career Success Is Possible. Chronic illness has a way of bringing out the most extreme of our selves. I noticed in Diabetes Mine, Amy Tenderich posted an email from a reader about her Diabetic boyfriend. I was struck by the somewhat nasty comments that the post got. Most were very upset with the writer’s efforts to get her boyfriend to take better care of himself.
And, that made me think about an email I got last week – and I thought I’d share it to get your response. This inquiry came via my website: “I’m writing about my husband who has been out of work for 8 months. He lost his last job when his company merged – and his position was cut. He has Crohn’s disease and over the past few years, he’d worked with human resources to change his job so he could take more time off for procedures and doctors appointments. He thinks he was cut because of the accommodations. He couldn’t find anything at first and after a few months, he decided to apply for SSDI rather than go through this again. We have four children, two are in college and even with my job, we can’t afford to live on SSDI. He says he’s happier this way. Can you help? ”
In the same day, I got an email from a man who stopped working in August and is waiting for his LTD checks to start. He asked if I can help him figure out what work he could do and in the same email, said, “Maybe I should watch what I wish for? I’m not ready to go back to work yet.”Career success can happen. But more than anything else, it takes a lot of motivation to succeed. What do you think?
Rosalind aka cicoach.com