Employed with an Invisible Illness

If you’re suffering with an invisible illness, the effect on your career can be devastating.  Being sick takes its toll on your wallet, too, and before you know it you’re caught up in a whirlwind of co-pays, prescriptions, supplements, or alternative treatments, making your need for an income more vital than ever.

The problem is that it’s a challenge to will your body to cooperate each morning when the alarm makes its presence known.  You feel as though you haven’t slept at all, and greet the day with joint pain, cramping, nausea, or a blinding headache. You literally force your body from the bed, and then ask its permission to function.  Something so simple as brushing your teeth or combing your hair can be quite a challenge.  For me, taking a shower was like living a nightmare.  The hives and subsequent hours of itching made me dread the shower like the plague.

And what about actually interacting with your coworkers?  By the time you get there, you’re exhausted from the morning fiasco and it takes all you have to start working.  I was unable to focus and found my mind wandering to the time when I could finally escape and go home.  Each minute seemed like an hour.

Lucky for me, I was able to get by and keep my job.  I became a master at making it appear as though it’d taken me weeks to finish a project when in actuality I’d buckled down and completed it in a few hours.  What did I do the rest of the workdays?  I took stolen naps whenever I could or started at my screen and pretended to work.   I can only imagine what would’ve happened if I’d ultimately been unable to perform.

How is your invisible illness affecting your career?   Have you been unable to attend work regularly?  Or perhaps you’ve endured comments from your coworkers about how good you look (translation:  you don’t look sick….yeah, right).  Share your comments, or email me at info@goodhealthcoach.com. I would love to learn more about your health journey.

Related Posts:

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The Not so Invisible Cost of Having an Invisible or Undiagnosed Illness

The Great Divide:  How Undiagnosed, Misdiagnosed and Invisible Illnesses Effect Family and Friends

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