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10-11-2012, 10:56 AM   #331
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I was a Receptionist for an Energy Company until they closed their doors. I tried a few other positions, but I was in the midst of what I believe was a flare (undiagnosed so far, so I cant quite claim it yet), and they ended up letting me go.... kindly of course.
Since then, I've been at home cleaning up after my sweetie, which I've learned is also a full time job hehehe.
I have a few different dreams though...
I would LOVE to work as a Real Estate Investor. I would also like to own a fashion boutique on the side as a means for steady income. :-)
10-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #332
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I am a dentist. I have been qualified for two years and every day is a struggle. I love my job but think my career will be short lived.
10-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #333
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I'm a clinical hypnotherapist and also a business consultant. I don't do as much of the consultancy as I used to. But I have my hypnotherapy practice 5 minutes from home so all works out well.
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10-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #334
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I am a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, I left school at 16, got a brilliant apprenticeship which I am now in my fourth year! I absolutely love it

However, since being diagnosed recently I've had a lot of time off work and been told to do no heavy lifting or straining by my doctor, which doesn't really work in my trade :/ so I am a bit worried I might not have a job at the end of my training and all I have behind me is school and mechanical qualifications... I suppose I've just got to wait and see
10-27-2012, 12:11 PM   #335
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I work at swiss chalet 2 months in after resigning from my old job at jackastors because they threatned my job because I had to go to the hospital 4 times in the span of a year they said they didn't know if I was reliable even tho I worked 6 days a week solidly even picking up other shifts ... The same day I resigned I was addmitted to the ER & in there for 6 days all because of that stupid job ... So don't let anyone threaten you with that !!! Its illegal & while I was in the hospital they told me to sue I'd win this new job no stress no pain new medication everythings great your feelings have a lot to do with you well being !
10-27-2012, 12:18 PM   #336
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I am a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, I left school at 16, got a brilliant apprenticeship which I am now in my fourth year! I absolutely love it

However, since being diagnosed recently I've had a lot of time off work and been told to do no heavy lifting or straining by my doctor, which doesn't really work in my trade :/ so I am a bit worried I might not have a job at the end of my training and all I have behind me is school and mechanical qualifications... I suppose I've just got to wait and see
Why don't you just go into regular mechanics they have lifts and jacks for things I don't know forsure what they do on a daily basis but I wouldn't see it as heavy lifting
10-27-2012, 01:24 PM   #337
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Why don't you just go into regular mechanics they have lifts and jacks for things I don't know forsure what they do on a daily basis but I wouldn't see it as heavy lifting
I was a light vehicle mechanic for over a decade( Vauxhall), and to be honest its not really that much lighter, it can be a struggle and generally tends to be more fast paced and more stressful (due to the high number of ignorant or impatient customers!) and it would be unlikely you'd be able to change at this late stage in your training, light vehicle mechanics is a whole different ball game, a totally different apprenticeship. Size doesn't matter though, I left to be an aircraft engineer, and for sheer size Airbus trumps Scania any day! My point being, the secret is figuring out ways to do the job whilst still taking care of yourself, once you have that figured you should be fine. I've been back at work after a hemicolectomy for 2 years and reckon I've pretty much got it sussed how to deal with the heavy stuff, anything I can't manage all I have to do is ask some of the others in my team, they're always more than happy to help, after a bit of "weakling" ribbing of course!
10-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #338
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Currently I'm not working and I have not yet found a job that will work around my situation. :/ It is rather depressing just sitting around the house all day with nothing to do. It doesn't help that my GF and I are financially stressed. I get SSI which pays for rent internet and electricity, and she works part time while going to school. She works just to pay off her student loans and put gas in the car. and apparently we needed smartphones according to her so $160 for phones 2yr contract, instead of $40 a month for trac phones no contract... hmm i would have thought that was a no brainer.. Just GRR damn it!!! I need to work to help out, I'm trying to work with Vocational Rehab for job placement but with my current complications with my colostomy I'm looking at another possible surgery. FML
10-29-2012, 06:00 PM   #339
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I'm an IT Administrator/Manager. I sit behind a computer all day. I'm the only female in the office, and the ladies room is just outside my office (which I have all to myself)...so I am very fortunate. I can work from home on the really bad days by remoting in.

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11-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #340
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Currently Unemployed was a porter killing myself during college preping new cars and used and shifting the new car lot meaning moving the cars around to make the lot look new. I had to ditch college in Senior year no money had to spend stuff on natural stuff. I am thinking about just driving around on my motorcycle and seeing where it leads me in a few months. Still 24 and living with parents and have money saved up.
11-03-2012, 01:05 PM   #341
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I'm an RN who works in a ER dept and I absolutely love my job. You can never get bored. Having crohn's makes it really hard but I woud never change it. I just learn to work around it. Like working nights more often, even though it makes it harder for a routine, its not as busy and makes it easier for bathroom breaks. I can't realy tell people sry your heart attack is gonna have to wait a couple minutes cause I have to have a washroom break. I also dont eat before going in and tend to eat after it slows down. I use the WR before a big case comes in ( if we get the heads up).
Like I said I would never change careers because of crohn's, you just have to find ways to work around it.
11-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #342
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I'm also a Lawyer (government/environment/transport law) like many others here it seems! From this I can only conclude that it is the legal profession which causes IBD! hehe
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11-12-2012, 05:39 AM   #343
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I work for State Farm pays well and I am so very very fortunate its a desk job with a a bathroom close by, not to mention I have a very understanding boss as he has Lyme Disease. I have a degree in Computer Science but due to my many bathroom trips needed a small office type atmosphere have been with SF for 7 yrs now.
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11-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #344
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I am a Certified Professional Coder, with a sub- speciality as Certified General surgery coder. I work for a large health care company as an Internal Coding Consultant. I work on a computer and audit charts and teach physicians and staff documentation guidelines for correct coding of their servives.
11-12-2012, 08:10 PM   #345
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Assistant Principal. Love my job, although stress can be high. Very understanding boss at the moment knows I'm not always on time because, well, you know!
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11-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #346
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I work as a Senior Network Engineer for a major telecommunications company. Its pays well, has good benefits, and has 0 stress.
11-16-2012, 06:51 AM   #347
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i am a trainne lawyer. The firm i work for a re really good and understand. I think it is finding something that works for you. Peopl ewill accomadate you, they have to its the law.
11-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #348
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Like many others, I'm an attorney. More specifically, I'm a public defender. You know - a nice, calm, low-stress profession
11-19-2012, 09:10 AM   #349
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I was a Pipefitter in a shipyard. Although i worked on the tools for a couple of years after my diagnosis, i couldnt keep it up. My work got me a job in the Maintenance/Facilities and is all desk and computer work now. Also kept me on my same salary... Well Happy!
11-20-2012, 08:57 AM   #350
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I am a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, I left school at 16, got a brilliant apprenticeship which I am now in my fourth year! I absolutely love it

However, since being diagnosed recently I've had a lot of time off work and been told to do no heavy lifting or straining by my doctor, which doesn't really work in my trade :/ so I am a bit worried I might not have a job at the end of my training and all I have behind me is school and mechanical qualifications... I suppose I've just got to wait and see
i know how u feel x
11-20-2012, 08:58 AM   #351
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I was a Pipefitter in a shipyard. Although i worked on the tools for a couple of years after my diagnosis, i couldnt keep it up. My work got me a job in the Maintenance/Facilities and is all desk and computer work now. Also kept me on my same salary... Well Happy!
if only every company was as understanding x
11-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #352
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I am a Reactor Operator. I am currently in school right now to learn the new technology for the new reactors coming to our site. I normally worked shift work but now Mon- Thurs. Before this I was a chemical operator at a local plant. I just learned to balance what and when I eat around my schedule. Right now I am having difficulty eating anything. It has pretty much became chore to eat. The company I work for is great. I have wonderful management.
11-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #353
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From my hubby's experience, I have to agree that a desk job is often much more flexible. He used to be a driver, but the uncertainty of being on the road did not work well with his condition. He's been much happier working in the hospital lab where he can easily step out for a moment if he needs to. The stress and second shift hours still aren't perfect, though.

Does anyone else have extra trouble working unusual hours that affect sleep/meal times?
11-22-2012, 05:13 AM   #354
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no i dont but can imagine it is a nightmare x
11-22-2012, 05:17 AM   #355
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see because i can go to the toilet anytime i want. i find myself never needing to go, ive been in the office about 3 years and probably only used it about 5 times... unless im doing a pee.

its worked perfect and im much less stressed,

stress and anxiety plays havoc with my condition.
11-23-2012, 07:12 PM   #356
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I as Media Sales Coordinator/Administrator working for a local Newspaper. I was made redundant in March this year at the same time as diagnosis. I have just started a new job as a Sales Administrator for a metal stockist, so far they have been understanding, they don't pay any ssp for the first 6 months tho, so not sure how I will cope with that as this last week I have started flaring again
11-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #357
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I work as an Information Technologist and general paper pusher at a large hardware store. I have a pretty considerate boss that tolerates my trips to the bathroom. I think the fistuals damaged my bladder as that is my biggest issue after my surgery.
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11-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #358
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I'm so far a Ph.D student in a group working on inflammation.

So I've got aware and comprehensive colleagues, Pi, Group leader, and that's quite a relief. However, that's a job with quite some stress and I still need to get to know how to deal better with it.

Ah yes, I'm working everyday in a language (english) that is nt my mther tongue (french !).
11-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #359
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I am a business consultant that is contracted out to the help resolve inefficiencies in cost, schedule and performance.
11-27-2012, 06:31 AM   #360
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