Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease

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Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease

Keep Working, Girlfriend!

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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


Product Details

  • Publication Date May 01, 2008
  • Page Count 222
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603682

About The Author(s)

Rosalind Joffe MEd

Building on her experience living with chronic illnesses, including MS and ulcerative colitis, Rosalind Joffe founded the executive career coaching practice, cicoach.com, dedicated to help others with chronic illness develop the competencies they need to succeed. She is a recognized national expert on chronic illness in the workplace. As a leading executive career coach, she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and ABC Radio, as well as a variety of regional and national media outlets. Rosalind has published in dozens of disease organization and health journals. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader for organizations that include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, BiogenIdec, State Street Global, New Directions, Association of Career Professionals, HealthTalk.com, New England Arthritis Foundation, and the Scleroderma Association.

Joan Friedlander

Joan Friedlander founded Lifework Business Partners, a national coaching and training company, in 2000. Joan works with entrepreneurs in service businesses to develop strategies to move to the next phase of growth in business without losing sight of their personal needs. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1992, and with the exception of several short-term disability leaves, has successfully managed her career. In addition to coaching, Joan is a veteran facilitator of the Get Clients Now! marketing program, a paid speaker, and the author of two workbooks, The Master Calendar Solution and An Introductory Guide to Delegation. Joan has been quoted in Chronically Happy by Lori Hartwell and contributed to the second edition of Get Clients Now! by C.J. Hayden.

Table of Contents

"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 Fired by Your Body or Your Boss
Building Your Support Team
Developing Your Warrior Spirit: Hope and Resilience