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.

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The Not-So Invisible Cost of Having an Invisible or Undiagnosed Illness

If arming yourself with analgesics, tissues, and cough syrup for a week long battle against the common cold racks up a $30.00 tab at Walgreens, just imagine how costly it can be to suffer with a chronic invisible misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed illness.

While initially in the throes of mysterious symptoms, you look to the medical community for help and guidance. After countless office visits to specialists, surrendering pints of blood for testing, and subjecting your already weakened body to a series of invasive and painful procedures, your quest for a diagnosis becomes more harrowing, exhausting, and emotionally draining than Indiana Jones’s search for the Holy Grail.

Personally, I would’ve been happy to spend $30 at Walgreens.  Instead, I bought into every promise made by the supplement industry.   I literally had over three full boxes of supplements and at one point I was taking over 20 pills three times a day!  If I’d known what I know now, I could’ve saved myself hundreds of dollars on supplements alone.

My supplement tab had nothing on my doctor’s tab.  I tried every specialty, both traditional and non-traditional, I could find.  Some doctors charged up to $475 for the first visit alone and, you guessed it, they sold me a ton of supplements.  It was a truly mind boggling and expensive experience.

What price have you paid, or are you continuing to pay for your medical mystery illness? Share your comments, or email me at info@goodhealthcoach.com.   I would love to learn more about your health journey.

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