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How do you handle holding down a job?

I would love to find a very part time job, but am terrified at the thought. I have not worked in over 10years and am now 67. Is the anxiety of going to work worth the preparation, fear and starving myself? I do some limited volunteer work but could really use the extra few dollars. How do you handle a very part time job (if there is such a thing) without getting scared? Any thoughts?


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  • Alysia
    5 months ago

    I’m the only wage earner for my family, so I haven’t really had a choice. Holding down a job got easier when I learned I could get accommodations under ADA. My gastroenterologist signed a letter explaining UC and immunosupression, so now my cube is close to the bathrooms, I can take toilet breaks as needed, and my employer doesn’t penalize me anymore when I miss time from work because I picked up someone else’s contagious infections or have doctor appointments. I do have a second, part-time “virtual” job that involves transcription work. It doesn’t pay particularly well, but I set my own hours and can schedule as much or as little as I feel capable of.

    As for the fear? Two things. 1) If I’m in a flare, I don’t eat if I’m not going to have at-will access to a toilet, like for meetings or travel. 2) Don’t settle for some symptoms being normal – let your doctor know what’s going on and get a treatment plan that keeps you symptom-free.

  • Amanda Osowski moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi!

    This is a great question, and something I struggled for a long time with. What I have found is there are several “work from home” or “remote” positions, many even might be in your preferred field, where all you need is access to the internet/phone to do your daily tasks, and you get the comfort of being in your own environment. My best recommendation would be to search online for some of these opportunities!

    Warmly,
    Amanda (team member)

  • Julie Marie Palumbo moderator
    6 months ago

    Thank you for your question, @belorac!

    Fortunately, there are options to work virtually or “from home” for many companies, so perhaps you can look into businesses that allow you to not have to come into a physical office.

    If you like to socialize, you can always volunteer for a few hours just to be around others, and you can contact your local Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to see if they need help with anything, as everyone there is especially understanding of your condition. Hope this helps!

    –Julie (Team Member)

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    6 months ago

    This is definitely a great question. I personally had to quit my full-time job, as I wasn’t able to keep up due to Crohn’s. So I completely understand the anxiety you have.

    Thankfully now-a-days you can do so much from home as long as you have a computer and internet. I would suggest getting on Pinterest and searching “ways to make money from home” and you will be so surprised with how many things come up. I would start there!

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • Pam.Kingsland moderator
    6 months ago

    This is a great question,@belorac and I hope some community members will weigh in with some personal experiences. I’m also attaching some articles written by our advocates, that you might find helpful. https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/living/navigating-work-professional-interviews-with-ibd/
    https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/living/workplace-accommodations-under-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/
    Warmly,
    Pam (team member)

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