Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!

Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!

by Rosalind Joffe, Joan Friedlander
     
 

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When a woman receives a life-changing diagnosis of a serious, chronic illness, her first instinct may be to quit the workforce. This may bring a strong sense of relief initially, but as her disease becomes manageable, work is again desirable. Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease urges women so affected to stay employed in order to preserve their independence andSee more details below

Overview

When a woman receives a life-changing diagnosis of a serious, chronic illness, her first instinct may be to quit the workforce. This may bring a strong sense of relief initially, but as her disease becomes manageable, work is again desirable. Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease urges women so affected to stay employed in order to preserve their independence and sense of self. Filled with tips, tricks, and first-person accounts, this book is a resounding call for self-reliance and resilience.

Authors Rosalind Joffe and Joan Friedlander identity the factors that make working particularly difficult for women with autoimmune disease, and then offer practical suggestions to address them. Exploring such issues as the complexities of autoimmune diseases and the correlation between disease, diagnosis, and career development, they detail exactly what it takes to be successful in a job, including developing strategies and tactics, evaluating communication skills, building a support team, and considerations for self-employment.

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Editorial Reviews

Assistant Professor of Child Development, Long Beach College, Long Beach, CA, Momentum Magazine Fall 2009 - Donna Rafanello
"An essential resource and guide for women living with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis... The final chapter 'Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience,' is a beautiful summation of the tone of the book. The authors include an excellent list of additional reading materials."--InFocus (Autoimmune Diseases Association)

"...clear, down to earth and extraordinarily helpful."--Diabetesmine.com

"Any woman with a chronic illness needs to read and can substantially benefit from Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease" -- Midwest Book Review

"MS expert and CrohnǃÙs disease sufferer present a book of inspiration and wisdom for women that live and work with chronic disease... discusses hope and resilience." --ForeWord Magazine

"The authors use first-person accounts to illustrate their advice on coping simultaneously with symptoms and thechallenges of the workplace; developing a financial plan; communicating withcoworkers, employers, and loved ones; building a support team; and balancingwork and family responsibilities. A little book with lots of useful advice;recommended."--Library Journal

"An essential resource and guide for women living with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis... The final chapter 'Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience,' is a beautiful summation of the tone of the book. The authors include an excellent list of additional reading materials."--InFocus (Autoimmune Diseases Association)

"...clear, down to earth and extraordinarily helpful."--Diabetesmine.com

"For the chronically ill, the decision to continue working or not, can be anagonizing one. Optimistic, but realistic, Women, Work, and Autoimmune disease helps the reader carefully weigh the pros and cons ofworking so that they can make an informed and rational choice. Specificsteps are offered to help you make accommodations that may allow you to stay in the workforce longer than you thought possible."--Allison Shadday, author of MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis

"Despite the relative slimness of Joffe and Friedlander's book, it is packed with useful information that can help women navigate the world of work...Writing about the unpredictability of AD, the stages of chronic illness and career development, they connect their experiences and those of other women in a way that I found reassuring and empowering. Whether you are happily employed, considering quitting your job, or drawing up plans to start your own business, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease will prove a helpful guide for thinking through the options." -- Donna Rafanello, Assistant Professor of Child Development, Long Beach College, Long Beach, CA, Momentum Magazine Fall 2009

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a nonmedical, self-help book written for lay readers describing the personal experiences of two women and how they and other women cope with their chronic diagnoses.
Purpose: The book offers hope and consolation to women who have been given autoimmune type diagnoses and tells many stories of other women and how they have dealt with and rationalized their career options in light of their recurrent symptoms.
Audience: Lay readers are the audience. There is value for practitioners to hear what patients say concerning their illnesses, and this book does convey those sentiments.
Features: This book presents numerous stories of middle-class and upwardly mobile women who have made career choices based on their diagnoses and some of their thought processes. I was struck by the fact that there is little discussion of women who do not have the career choices available to these women or who could not afford the coaching services implied by the author's website.
Assessment: As a self-help book, this tells interesting stories, but it is of limited utility in a medical library.
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a nonmedical, self-help book written for lay readers describing the personal experiences of two women and how they and other women cope with their chronic diagnoses.
Purpose: The book offers hope and consolation to women who have been given autoimmune type diagnoses and tells many stories of other women and how they have dealt with and rationalized their career options in light of their recurrent symptoms.
Audience: "Lay readers are the audience. There is value for practitioners to hear what patients say concerning their illnesses, and this book does convey those sentiments.
Features: This book presents numerous stories of middle-class and upwardly mobile women who have made career choices based on their diagnoses and some of their thought processes. I was struck by the fact that there is little discussion of women who do not have the career choices available to these women or who could not afford the coaching services implied by the author's website.
Assessment: As a self-help book, this tells interesting stories, but it is of limited utility in a medical library.
Donna Rafanello
"An essential resource and guide for women living with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis... The final chapter 'Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience,' is a beautiful summation of the tone of the book. The authors include an excellent list of additional reading materials."--InFocus (Autoimmune Diseases Association)

"...clear, down to earth and extraordinarily helpful."--Diabetesmine.com

"Any woman with a chronic illness needs to read and can substantially benefit from Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease" -- Midwest Book Review

"MS expert and CrohnÇ Ùs disease sufferer present a book of inspiration and wisdom for women that live and work with chronic disease... discusses hope and resilience." --ForeWord Magazine

"The authors use first-person accounts to illustrate their advice on coping simultaneously with symptoms and thechallenges of the workplace; developing a financial plan; communicating withcoworkers, employers, and loved ones; building a support team; and balancingwork and family responsibilities. A little book with lots of useful advice;recommended."--Library Journal

"An essential resource and guide for women living with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis... The final chapter 'Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience,' is a beautiful summation of the tone of the book. The authors include an excellent list of additional reading materials."--InFocus (Autoimmune Diseases Association)

"...clear, down to earth and extraordinarily helpful."--Diabetesmine.com

"For the chronically ill, the decision to continue working or not, can be anagonizing one. Optimistic, but realistic, Women, Work, and Autoimmune disease helps the reader carefully weigh the pros and cons ofworking so that they can make an informed and rational choice. Specificsteps are offered to help you make accommodations that may allow you to stay in the workforce longer than you thought possible."--Allison Shadday, author of MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis

"Despite the relative slimness of Joffe and Friedlander's book, it is packed with useful information that can help women navigate the world of work...Writing about the unpredictability of AD, the stages of chronic illness and career development, they connect their experiences and those of other women in a way that I found reassuring and empowering. Whether you are happily employed, considering quitting your job, or drawing up plans to start your own business, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease will prove a helpful guide for thinking through the options." -- Donna Rafanello, Assistant Professor of Child Development, Long Beach College, Long Beach, CA, Momentum Magazine Fall 2009

Library Journal

Despite having been diagnosed with chronic illnesses, coauthors Joffe (founder, cicoach.com), who has multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, and Friedlander (founder, LifeWork Business Partners), who has Crohn's disease, both enjoy successful careers. Here, they offer their expertise to help women with these and other autoimmune conditions (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, Graves' disease) do the same. Thriving at work while living with a chronic illness, they write, will help preserve these women's independence and senses of self. The authors use first-person accounts to illustrate their advice on coping simultaneously with symptoms and the challenges of the workplace; developing a financial plan; communicating with coworkers, employers, and loved ones; building a support team; and balancing work and family responsibilities. A little book with lots of useful advice; recommended. [Visit the authors online at www.keepworkinggirlfriend.com; see also the review of Laurie Edwards's Life Disrupted, p. 89.-Ed.]
—Jodith Janes

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932603682
Publisher:
Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
1,401,891
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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"The authors use first-person accounts to illustrate their advice on coping simultaneously with symptoms and the challenges of the workplace; developing a financial plan; communicating with coworkers, employers, and loved ones; building a support team; and balancing work and family responsibilities. A little book with lots of useful advice; recommended."
Library Journal

"An essential resource and guide for women living with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis... The final chapter 'Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience,' is a beautiful summation of the tone of the book. The authors include an excellent list of additional reading materials."
InFocus (Autoimmune Diseases Association)

"...clear, down to earth and extraordinarily helpful."
Diabetesmine.com

"For the chronically ill, the decision to continue working or not, can be an agonizing one. Optimistic, but realistic, Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease helps the reader carefully weigh the pros and cons of working so that they can make an informed and rational choice. Specific steps are offered to help you make accommodations that may allow you to stay in the workforce longer than you thought possible."
— Allison Shadday, author of MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis

"Despite the relative slimness of Joffe and Friedlander's book, it is packed with useful information that can help women navigate the world of work...Writing about the unpredictability of AD, the stages of chronic illness and career development, they connect their experiences and those of other women in a way that I found reassuring and empowering. Whether you are happily employed, considering quitting your job, or drawing up plans to start your own business, Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease will prove a helpful guide for thinking through the options."
— Donna Rafanello, Assistant Professor of Child Development, Long Beach College, Long Beach, CA Momentum Magazine, Fall 2009

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