I graduated college in 2007, and have been working ever since. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago, and with ulcerative colitis eight years ago. I have spent essentially my entire professional life working hard to prove I’m a good employee. There can be plenty of challenges while trying to be employed and living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but there can be successes, too. I’m not your average “professional with IBD,” but have instead managed to turn myself into more of “an IBD professional.” What I mean by that is I have accepted or created my last four professional positions because of my IBD, rather than despite it. Crazy, right?
I will not be so bold as to say I know how to navigate the whole world of employment and illness, but I do have a few tips, and I hope they work for you.
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