Working With A Chronic Illness – All You Need To Know!

Welcome! If you’ve found yourself on this page, the chances are you’re interested in working with a chronic illness. Whether you’re moving into work for the first time, returning to work after a leave of absence, or making changes to your career, I hope you’ll find comfort and support in the resources on this page.

To briefly introduce myself, my name is Pippa Stacey. I’m a twenty-something-year-old from the UK, and I work as a disabled writer, public speaker, and charity sector communication consultant. By working flexibly and with adjustments, I’m one of the lucky ones who can carefully balance these things alongside my chronic illness. Not everybody with my condition is well enough to work and nobody should ever be forced into unsuitable employment, but speaking personally, I’m really grateful and have so much love for the career I can manage these days. It just doesn’t always love me back…

To say that being in work with a chronic illness is tough is an understatement. It’s no secret that the world of work isn’t yet particularly aware of, let alone accommodating of, Energy Limiting Conditions. But until the day comes when we finally reach a level playing field, it’s all about learning how to navigate this tricky area and make the best of things… namely, by finding employment that’s accessible and meaningful for you.

I can’t claim to have all the answers, but my own experiences of being in work and as a subject expert in inclusive employment have taught me a lot about this area. I’m keen to share the things I’ve learned as widely as possible, in the hope that they’ll make the path a little easier for any individuals who are on a similar mission in the future. And that brings us to this page.

As you scroll down, you’ll find a combination of blog posts, YouTube videos, and social media content spanning all aspects of finding work with a chronic illness. Some of these are designed to be informational resources, others are sharing my own lived experiences that I hope will help others feel less alone. Although this page is no substitute for the targeted support the sector should be offering, I really hope these resources provide a helpful starting point!

Finding Jobs and Getting Into Work

Looking After Yourself In Work

Identifying Your Skills and Assets

And there we have it! If you’ve made it this far, thanks so much for reading. I hope this info comes in helpful, and more than anything, reminds you of your worth. Never forget that you are brilliant and deserve only the best. Go forth, and here’s to your own career journey!

I don’t have a Patreon or Ko-fi or any similar platforms, but if you found this page helpful, I’d be so grateful if you would check out my books and eBooksspread the word about my work, and/or join the lovely community over on Instagram. It’d be wonderful to have you!

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