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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.

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"Can you tell me how I should look for a new job when I've  been told that I have to leave my job because of my bad health?"  what to do when you lose your job

I'd say that's a tough one, wouldn't you?  Esther is angry, feels totally alone and is really scared.  Seems understandable to me.

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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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marshalling your resources and energy after a job loss
A former client sent me a Holiday e-card with a note that she'd lost her job and with it, her family's health insurance.  In follow up emails she told me that she was part of a lay off last month,  she's been feeling sicker since she's left work and feels lost. She wants to work with me again and thinks it would help as it did before. But she won't do anything that would cost money or wear her down even more physically.   She's too afraid to look for a job. Because she's been reading my posts for years, she suggested I write...

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setting realistic goals and expectations
When I woke in the middle of the night for the 3rd time to go to the bathroom (incontinence again!),  I found myself muttering.  Of course, the middle of the night is the worst time to think about anything, and I was panicking about what wouldn't get done today.   One thing I'm good at is capitalizing on what happens to me and using it in my work.   Hence, today's post. It's a new year and you've probably made plenty of useless resolutions. Why not think about this?    What can you do to GET RID OF THE SHOULD and FOCUS ON THE CAN...
will and self control insuccess
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.  Vince Lombardi Motivation and will power fascinate me. Maybe because I didn't have much of either when I was young and then they each blossomed. Illness in my late 20's was transformational for me.  My gut response to devastating disease shaped how I responded to events from that time on.  From that dark place -- in which I saw parts of me I didn't know existed --   I was able to create intention.  It was an easy...