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.
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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Do people tell you that if you were only more positive and could look at the bright side, you'd be healthier?  They say your bad attitude is hurting you.  bad attitude and health

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resilience and learning it
Last week during a heat wave, I was seriously drooping.  Just walking to my car in the sun knocked me out. Prior to the first mutiple sclerosis episode 32 years ago, heat wasn't an issue.  Since then,  I melt in heat and my function drops dramatically. But here's the thing:  once I'm in a cool place, I cool down and feel fine (or at least better). Lovely.  My body is still resilient, that way, after all this time. I hadn't noticed resilience in myself until I'd lived with illness for a decade.  When I recognized it, I sensed this would help...

perspective on lifeDo you find yourself pondering on your essential approach to life?  Probably it's not a daily recurrence (or I hope not).  But this thought could be helpful if you're engaged in trying to change some deeply rooted patterns.

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It's been over 30 days since I posted my last blog! Lest you think that I'm either not a serious blogger or a slacker, this was no accident.

Are you living with chronic health conditions that shake you in your core and often make it harder to get anything done?  If you've been reading my posts, you know that I've been  living this way for 30+ years. And, during the past month, in addition to taking care of my " job" (my own business as a career coach), I've been busy with another surgery, cataract surgery (the result of the glaucoma medication I took prior to the glaucoma surgery last fall, etc., etc.) that consumed my time and energy.