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7 BIG IDEAS for Regaining Power in the Workplace with Chronic Health Problems  1.  Focus On What You Can Control.   You may not be able to control the course of your illness, but you can take charge of your career direction and the choices you make.  View this as a challenge to meet rather than an obstacle in the way.  2.  Ignore The Nay Sayers.  Common wisdom says that stress is bad and most work is stressful. Therefore, if your body is vulnerable, you should not work. But stress is not always negative.  Unpleasant work or working with uncomfortable pressure can be bad...

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mr. bates and chronic illness
Struggling to stay at your new job while living with chronic health conditions? Struggling to keep your job while living with a chronic health condition? Then you might want to tune into Downton Abbey, Season 1,  to see what to do and what to avoid. Maybe they should make a series called, "Working and Living With Chronic Health Problems"? I'm doubtful the scriptwriters set out with this intention but they really nailed it with Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Bates. Let's start with Bates.  While interviewing for his new job as Valet to Lord Grantham, he really wants the job.  Grantham, who seems eager to...

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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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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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