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Book Review: Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:53am
I recently finished Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working Girlfriend! (WWAD) by Rosalind Joffe and Joan Friendlander.

WWAD is full of useful suggestions and ancedotes. It begins with talking about what makes an autoimmune disease and why it matters to women. It reminds you that you're not alone. In chapter two, Joffe makes the case for working. She discusses the theraputic and emotional benefits. It's a persuasive arguement. Next, they move into the workplace itself, describing the challenges work and provide. These challenges are not just found in actually working, but in the fear and uncertainty that autoimmune illnesses can create. Career development and disease progression are tackled next. It is possible to have a career and illness. It takes work and compromise, but it can happen. Next, WWAD moves into other tools that can help you at work, like communications, decision-making, and creating allies. As we move forward, we also face set-backs due to our illness and this book provides options and inspiration on how to handle them. The last chapters talk about personal work that can boost your work preformance - creating a support team and culivating a warrior spirit.

I recommend it to any woman with a chronic illness who works, autoimmune or not. Reading WWAD is like having your own coach right there whenever you need it. Let's be honest, working with a chronic illness can be hard mentally, emotionally, and phyiscally. It is all too easy to give up. WWAD gives you inspiration to keep going and work with your limitations. I highly recommend it as an valuable resource and addition to your chronic illness library.
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