Building on her experience living with chronic illnesses, Rosalind Joffe founded the career coaching practice, ciCoach.com, dedicated to help others with chronic illness develop the competencies they need to succeed in the workforce.
Rosalind Joffe is a recognized national expert on chronic illness in the workplace. As a leading career coach specializing in working with the chronically ill, she has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, More Magazine, ABC Radio, as well as numerous regional and national media outlets.
Rosalind holds a Masters in Education, is a certified Mediator, and has completed the Corporate Coach University certificate program.
My personal experience began almost thirty years ago when I was unable to lift myself from bed without help and had lost vision in one eye. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and my life would never be the same.
Over the years, the disease was relatively mild and manageable but I continually made decisions large and small, based on my health. This was particularly true regarding my career.
Then, 15 years after the initial diagnosis, I was hospitalized with a second auto immune disease, ulcerative colitis. I had two young children, a husband, and a successful, demanding career.
Getting my health under control was a major challenge. When I was physically able to return to work, however, I confronted an equally daunting challenge. How could I continue to be professionally successful with a disabling disease that got in the way of my ability to perform?
At the same time this disabling condition meant I faced new concerns:
There were few resources to guide me. I resented that most books (and caregivers) advocated that stress is bad, work is stressful and people with chronic illness should stop working. Many of us don't view that as the only option. I certainly don't.
Through trial and error I reached the point where I could once again thrive in my work. My experience living and working with chronic illness has become my inspiration and forms the core of my work with others.
Here are a few things that I have learned:
At the time of my diagnosis, my neurologist predicted that my illness would teach me a valuable life lesson: Illness enables you to see clearly what matters.
And to that, I add a lesson of my own: illness does not preclude professional or personal success.
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Rosalind Joffe is a recognized national expert on chronic illness in the workplace. As a leading career coach specializing in working with the chronically ill, she has been quoted in numerous national publications and media. Rosalind holds a Masters in Education, is a certified Mediator, and has completed the Corporate Coach University certificate program. Rosalind's website ciCoach.com (Chronic Illness Career Coach) offers advice and resources for people working with chronic illnesses. She also publishes a widely read blog, WorkingWithChronicIllness. In addition, find more of Rosalind's insights at Facebook.com/cicoach and on Twitter @WorkWithIllness.