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 ciCoach.com . 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.

In the early years of  living with auto immune diseases,  I  felt completely out of step with people my age.  I had more in common with my grandparents and their friends than other 20 and 30 somethings.chronic illness among the young and career

At 29 and married one month,  I was bedridden and lost vision in one eye (multiple sclerosis).  That was our first year of married life. Over the years, my kids' activities and physical work required left me in a puddle.

The following decades,  I worried on a daily basis about how symptoms would affect me and left more than one good job because I couldn't keep up.

Being young and unwell too often leaves you feeling hopeless because you haven't had the chance to see what you can do in this life but here's my take on what to do.

Do you find yourself stuck doing the same thing over and over?   Do you getnegative energy stuck on replaying that negative conversation or running through what's wrong in your life,  but nothing changes?

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If there were a blues song about living with chronic bad health, I bet mostmaking good decision with unpredictable health people wouldn't sing about 'love gone bad'.   No doubt, holding onto relationships is hard with chronically bad health.  I've worked with people who blame illness for failed relationships and there's much to be said about that.

But from what I've seen, we cry most frequently about whether to participate or not.   "To be or not to be?" wondered Hamlet.   He knew that choosing between two bad choices wears a person down.

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