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Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! [Paperback]

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Item description for Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! by Rosalind Joffe, Joan Friedlander & L. G. Mansfield...

An uplifting primer for working women with chronic illnesses makes arguments for staying employed and independent, shares strategies for developing one's career while managing an autoimmune disease, and provides suggestions about building a support structure and working from home. Original.

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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 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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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 28, 2008
Publisher   Demos Health
ISBN  1932603689  
ISBN13  9781932603682  

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Informative, engaging and inspiring overview of working with AD  Aug 20, 2008
This book presents a clear and concise overview of Autoimmune Disease with the well-documented facts, stages and strategies of navigating chronic illness. The personal stories, case studies and examples where engaging and inspiring. As a wellness coach, I find this book a valuable resource for working women with AD and chronic illness, as well as their bosses, coworkers, family, friends and health support team for exploring a pro-work perspective. As the daughter of a mother with ulcerative colitus and having walked my own path of recreating my life and career after a long stress-related illness, I wish I had found this book earlier.
A manual for working women handling chronic pain issues of all kinds  Aug 18, 2008
Over seventy percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during childbearing years - also a woman's peak career years - and so the connection between gender, workplace and health is solid. This is a manual for working women handling chronic pain issues of all kinds: stories of such women blend with discussions of the correlation between disease, career and women's habits to make for an eye-opening analysis any health or women's studies library needs - and many a business collection, as well.
When deciding to go back to work or not, this book will help.  Jul 7, 2008
It is a very hard decision to leave work because of chronic illness or disease and for many it is a long, emotional process that leaves one drained. There is no right answer, just what works for you and your health.

Many experts agree that going back to work is important for self esteem, independence, and for financial freedom. Others say that one should not feel pressure to go back to work and that you can gain a strong sense of self in
other ways through hobbies, friendships and more. It is a fine line to walk when your health is at stake. People on both sides of this issue feel strongly on their positions. I am just happy that books like this are out there to help you make a decision that is right for you. I am also happy that many more employers are helping their employees stay at work, or adjust their work arrangements for disability. We have come a long way baby!

This is a short easy to read book, packed with information. The questions raised in each chapter help walk you through the emotional process. The tips and tricks mentioned by the authors are worth buying this book for. I
could see this book being helpful to anyone suffering from any chronic health issues, not just autoimmune illnesses as stated in the title. In summary, I think it is important for everyone to make the best decisions for themselves. I also think it is important to make a well informed decision. I recommend this book and I think this book will help anyone going through this process of deciding whether to go back to work or not.

So I say to you, Rosalind...Keep writing Girlfriend!!!


A Great Guide!  Jul 3, 2008
Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! is a wonderful resource for the millions of women living with autoimmune disease--or any other chronic condition that may influence your ability to do your job. Rosalind Joffe and Joan Friedlander have written a thorough and easy to read guide that is practical, pragmatic, and passionate. The authors have combined salient facts and statistics with patient stories and their own experiences in the working world to personalize the dilemmas and decisions so many women face, and their wisdom and insights are affirming and empowering. They explore the most challenging aspects of working with chronic illness--the unpredictability of chronic conditions, misconceptions about the nature of autoimmune diseases, and the emotional and financial benefits of remaining in the workforce--and offer strategies to get people thinking about their options and skills creatively. The idea that working provides a sense of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal situation is repeated often in the book, and with good reason--Joffe and Friedlander have been in the trenches of work and illness and know firsthand the value of a productive job. If you're a patient struggling with how to handle your condition and your job, you'll learn a lot about how to advocate for your needs. A great addition!
--Laurie Edwards, author of Life Disrupted: Getting Real about Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and ThirtiesLife Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties
You're Not Alone...  Jun 5, 2008
Anyone living with autoimmune disease knows that the puzzling, chronic-yet-intermittent, and sometimes vague nature of autoimmune symptoms can contribute to a profound sense of isolation. Here is a place to connect. The road to diagnosis alone is often a complex and lengthy journey during which one feels excruciatingly "unique." "Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease" offers readers the comfort of others' experiences and choices made vis-a-vis the workplace. Rosalind Joffe obviously knows first-hand of which she speaks when it comes to living, working, and thriving through chronic illness. Along with the contributions from Joan Friedlander and excerpts from the many other women interviewed, Joffe shares frankly, touchingly,and by example, her personal and professional victories, as well as disappointments and challenges. In my own work in stress-management, having worked with many clients living with long-term illness, as well as their caregivers, loved ones, and workplace managers, I expect many will find the chapters in which Joffe discusses If, How, and When to disclose and discuss one's illness with current or prospective employers especially helpful. Feeling connected to others who understand unquestionably reduces the chronic stress of chronic illness, and everyday laughter, ongoing relaxation techniques, appropriate levels of activity and healthy nutrition are powerful adjuncts to medical care. While this book was written for women because the majority living with autoimmune disease are women, Joffe and Friedlander's stories and suggestions will apply to men in the work force living with chronic illness as well.Your Present: A Half Hour of Peace

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