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Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When a woman receives a life-changing diagnosis of a serious, chronic illness, her first instinct may be to quit the workforce. This may bring a strong sense of relief initially, but as her disease becomes manageable, work is again desirable. Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease urges women so affected to stay employed in order to preserve their independence and sense of se ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Demos Health (first published April 29th 2008)
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Amanda Redman
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was upset by some of the implications made by chapter one. I felt it implied that women with autoimmune disease need to work in case men abandon us, that no one can ever be fulfilled if they are not working, and that many women make miraculous recoveries after returning to work.

Even though at first I felt like the authors had unrealistic expectations for women with autoimmune disease, my understanding changed the more I read. In hindsight, I think the first few chapters were simply meant to b
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
Most of this book irritated me because there seems to be a lack of empathy from the authors about just how debilitating some ADs make every day tasks like getting dressed/bathing/walking can even be, let alone work related issues. It is very much a "pull up your bootstraps" mentality, when bootstraps don't exist when you're stuck in orthopedic shoes to even walk to the mailbox. Maybe because I haven't worked in the corporate world for almost 20 years anyway, I am simply the wrong audience for th ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: health, 2008, arc, done, not-mine
"I received this book through the LibraryThing Earlier Reviewer program.[return][return]I started out thinking that this book would be of interest to me because of my autoimmune issues, but not particularly applicable to where I am in my life and career right now. As I read, I realized that aspects of it were relevant to me now, and that which aspects are relevant to me will undoubtedly change over time. I can see myself periodically rereading chapters of this book in order to get me thinking ab ...more
If you find inspiration from quotes & slogans, think shear willpower will cure your chronic illness, and don't mind someone who doesn't even know you calling you "girlfriend" in a cheerleader-ish tone, basically just telling you to "just buck up" - this is book for you. However, If you have come to the point in your life where, after many disappointing attempts to improve your health, you've accepted that your illness won't be magically cured, and want to realistically learn how to live to y ...more
Amanda "Freckles"
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: y2010
This was more an informative essay on why you should keep working after diagnosed with an AD than an information filled book. I was left feeling like there could have been so much more. How to talk to your boss. What your rights are. Suggestions for modifications. Instead it was more of a pep-talk to keep at "it" whatever your work "it" may be.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gave me lots to think about. Good resource for women with autoimmune disorders. If you have an AD it can be helpful.
Elise Cohen
"This realistic look at the realities of chronic illness manages to be authoritative and comprehensive. In making their case that women with autoimmune diseases should continue their work and find ways to build their careers, they cite statistics, review research, and make reasoned arguments. I am particularly impressed at how the authors can be clear on the distinctions between their opinions and experiences, and facts. [return]In fact, the advice on finding balance; setting realistic goals; de ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Overly simplistic, preachy, and shoves down your throat that there is "one right way" to handle chronic illness. On top of that, I keep feeling like the use of the various medical statistics throughout is inaccurate at best, and maybe deliberately misleading.

I imagine the advice in this book is invaluable to some women, and 100% wrong for others, and the "ONE SIZE FITS ALL!" of it sets my teeth on edge.

At one point, one of the authors writes, "I'd often think that I should go back to bed rather
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women with autoimmune diseases
Shelves: illness
It's very obvious this book makes a lot of assumptions about the reader, for example that she has the funds and education necessary to become self-employed. This book has a target audience beyond just women, and while I fit that demographic for the most part, it stands to reason that not all women diagnosed with an autoimmune disease will be able to relate.
There were a few good pointers, but a number of times the text just said, in not so many words, "figure it out" well that's what I'm reading
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It really inspired me to pursue my career dreams despite my chronic illnesses. This is a must-read for anybody with AD who needs that little push to stay in the workforce and cope with your illnesses.
Cheryl Zaleski
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I might have rated it more highly if it hadn't spent so much time on how to become an entrepreneur - a word or two would have sufficed, and much of this info could have been redirected into a second book specific to that audience.
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Well written, but unfortunately not quite as information-dense as I'd like. Still, it makes you think about your options for work and health providers more clearly. It also cheered me up in the fact that it discusses how remaining empolyed is usually good for one's mental health.
Lisa Milton
Rosalind Joffe will be writing a guest post on Much to My Sjogren, November 6th.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great Inspiration at a time I really needed it.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Encouraging read.
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“As with many life-altering events, an autoimmune illness is almost guaranteed to cause you to re-evaluate your priorities.” 19 likes
“The 40-hour work week, long considered the gold standard, has quietly and insidiously stretched into 50 to 60 hours. Despite this accepted practice, social commentators and the average person agree that functioning at such a pace can't possibly be good for one's mental or physical health. /So I ask you: if the expanded work-week isn't healthy for someone in good physical condition, how can it possibly be acceptable for someone with a chronic illness? Quite simply, it's not.” 6 likes
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