I have begun a job search. While I work part-time as an online Community Leader, I am in a position where I need to supplement my income or find full-time work. This is a tough step to take when living with a chronic illness and can feel quite daunting.
Not only do I have my own little negative nellies in my head, I am certain that the possibility is real of a future employer feeling hesitant about my condition upon discovery. I am a hard worker and a smart cookie, but it doesn’t change the fact that I live with a lot of fatigue and flares now and then. Having the privilege of working from home this last year and a half has really helped me to witness my own strengths despite my illness but it has also sheltered me from some of the daily grind that most people experience.
So, I am searching for jobs with a different perspective than I have in previous years. I look at positions in a different light. With each perusal of the job postings I find myself wondering, would this employer be kind to someone living with a chronic health condition? And I also keep wondering, is there a way I can increase my income on my own from home so that I do not have to put myself under the scrutiny just yet? I have a rather immediate need, so getting out there may be my only option at the moment, and perhaps it will be a good and healthy one.
I also find the job search exciting at times, looking into positions that peak my interests and seem like a great fit for me. But finding a position in which I can really promote health, wellness, and advocacy would be ideal. I would love to find that kind of work that almost doesn’t feel like work because it is so inline with my passions…which is pretty much what working in my current position is like.
So now, to the point of my sharing, I want to create a list of resources or ideas for those who are job searching or defining their career path in spite of a chronic illness like fibromyalgia? Do you know of great websites that give ideas for this? Do you have your own ideas of careers or jobs that would work well for someone who lives with a chronic health condition? If so, please share them here and help me to brainstorm ideas for others who are dealing with the same predicament as I am.
- Coping With Fibromyalgia on the Job (everydayhealth.com)
- This is your brain on fibromyalgia (jennacyde.com)
- Helping a Friend or Family Member Cope With Fibromyalgia (everydayhealth.com)