This site focuses on giving people with chronic health conditions the strategies, tools and insights they need to thrive in their work and their lives.

Rosalind Joffe

Rosalind Joffe

Rosalind Joffe is passionate about coaching people and giving people the tools they need to thrive in their work while living with chronic illness. Rosalind Joffe built on her experience living with chronic illnesses for over 30 years, including multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, when she founded . This unique career coaching firm is dedicated to helping people with chronic illness who care about their work lives develop the skills they need to succeed. A recognized national expert on chronic illness and its impact on career, Rosalind is a seasoned and certified coach, the co-author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!, publishes a widely read blog, Working With Chronic Illness and can be found on twitter @WorkWithIllness.

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needing to have a say
Why do I write these posts?    It's time consuming and there's the pressure to post consistently to keep readers engaged.   Every so often, someone asks me why I do it -- and every so often I ask myself. After all when you have limited energy, you have to be strategic and use it wisely.  Isn't that what I suggest here? Maybe I'm wondering  more this week because I'm taking a week vacation with my husband and I'm sick with a miserable chest cold.   It's not an MS flare, eye disease,  allergies, no broken bones.  Just the kind of sick even healthy people get ...

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healing oneself
If you've been reading this blog for the past 9 months, you know that I had a bad health setback.  Last August, I had a bad fall which left me with broken ribs and a banged up shoulder. It took months to figure out the cause/treatment of on-going pain which turned out was a torn rotator cuff.  Meanwhile, blurry vision in one eye led to a new diagnosis in my disease list, Possner Schlossman.  I had a history of eye disease and had been up close with pain.  And, as always happens, these things seem to trigger the multiple sclerosis...

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do you need a career change?
At a recent dinner event, our table of 10 was sharing what we do professionally.  When I shared my business, career coach for people living with chronic illness, one person excitedly piped in that she was exploring how to reinvent her career. Another said he'd done it five years ago.  I've noticed that this has become a hot topic in just about any group - from young mothers, the unemployed in their 40's and baby boomers wanting to try something new. Why?  My guess is because we can.  Jobs and careers are more fluid these days -- for good and for worse. What's...

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Living on the edge
     Are you living with chronic illness and looking for a job?  No doubt, chronic illness makes many things more difficult and looking for a job is rarely uplifting.  Do you notice that you're feeling stale and sluggish?  This might be the time to consider "sharpening" your approach. Here are some things to consider: Behave like you have a job. When you're unemployed,  and particularly living with illness, it's easy to get into a rut --- sleeping late and not having a schedule.    Maybe once you were someone who didn't need a plan or to work by a clock. But...

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