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

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

by Rosalind MEd Joffe, Joan Friedlander, Rosalind Joffe
     
 

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Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease is a book for women who live with chronic illness, encouraging them to stay employed to preserve their independence and sense of self. Rich with information and inspiration, it is the voice of warmth, wisdom, understanding, and compassion.

Filled with tips, tricks and first-person accounts from women who have made

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Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease is a book for women who live with chronic illness, encouraging them to stay employed to preserve their independence and sense of self. Rich with information and inspiration, it is the voice of warmth, wisdom, understanding, and compassion.

Filled with tips, tricks and first-person accounts from women who have made similar choices in their own lives, this unique book is a resounding call for self-reliance and resilience. The book identifies the factors that making working particularly difficult for women with autoimmune disease, and then offers practical suggestions to address them.

The authors take a hard, yet inspirational look at what it takes be successful in a job, including developing strategies and tactics, evaluating communication skills, building a support team and considerations for self-employment.

Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease covers issues such as:

  • The complex nature of autoimmune disease
  • The correlation between disease, diagnosis, and career development
  • How life-changing strategies and concrete tactics can allow you to discover the spirit within;What Is an Autoimmune Disease, and Why Is It a Women's Issue? Why Should You Keep Working? The Challenges of the Workplace; Relationship among Diagnosis, Disease Course, and Career Development; Success in the Workplace: When Knowledge and Experience Are Not Enough; Talking about Your Chronic Illness; You're FiredƢy Your Body or Your Boss; Building Your Support Team; Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience; Resources.;"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 CrohnŠس 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, andAutoimmune 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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  • Editorial Reviews

    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

    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

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781935281863
    Publisher:
    Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
    Publication date:
    05/01/2008
    Series:
    .
    Sold by:
    Barnes & Noble
    Format:
    NOOK Book
    Sales rank:
    758,631
    File size:
    1 MB

    What People are saying about this

    "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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