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What does it take for a person with chronic illness to continue working ?  And, if possible, to do so in a rewarding way?  I've wrestled with  this personally for over 30 years, and more recently in my professional life as a coach/writer/activist of sorts in the past 10 years. A recent New York Times article profiled a  self-described "high powered executive" with schizo affective disorder .  Against all odds, she discovered for herself that the best medicine for her is an intense work environment.  The very idea defied what everyone around her believed. The article cites recent research on...

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Recently, my daughter, Lucy,  a legislative aide to a New York City Council Member, contacted another Council member's legislative counsel, Q.  When Lucy didn't hear back after a few days, she contacted another member of his office. Not long after, Lucy got an email from Q explaining why he had been unavailable.  He had been on a short sick leave because of multiple sclerosis (MS). Would you tell a colleague, whom you don't know well, that you were unavailable because of a chronic illness?  I'll bet not.  Maybe you're even thinking: "Are you nuts?  Why not just sign me up for...

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muffin top
This great question came in from one of my clients yesterday. It's a pretty common one, so I hope you find it useful! Q: As I am removing the layer of fat padding, I am seeing more loose skin and wrinkled skin on my arms and legs when I bend them. I am hoping that this goes away...It's not like I have lost 75 pounds and have large amts of skin...but the looseness is odd looking. Makes me feel "old." A: My first suggestion is to give your body some time to produce more collagen. It does this naturally in...

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Did you know garlic is one of the most powerful antibiotics on the planet? Today, researchers are finding that garlic is the strongest health enhancing food we can consume on a daily basis, without other side effects, other than smelling like garlic. One of garlic's most potent healthy benefits includes its ability to improve the body's immune cell activity. In other words, the antioxidants produced from eating garlic will help strengthen the immune system, which helps fight off colds, viruses, and even CANCER. Yes, the big ?C?!!! Research has shown that this wonderfully tasty bulb can retard cancer cells as...

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communication skills when you have chronic illness
Living with chronic illness means that life's challenges become ...  even more challenging. After more than 10 years of coaching people around living with illness and their work life, blogging on this topic,  and in my personal experience, I've decided that the basics matter.  The basics allow a person to thrive, not just survive. Here are my top 3 thriving skills:1.Communication 2.Communication 3.Communication Yup.  It's that important. Let's look at why. First, most illness symptoms are invisible.  No one knows  what your symptom/health is today/ in this moment--  unless you tell them.  And even where some of effects are visible,...

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