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01-03-2012, 11:14 PM   #121
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I work for a company that manufactures medical devices. I am in manufacturing and work in a clean room. I can get out of a bunny suit in seconds flat. Most of my co workers know I have an illness and may suddenly disappear, but will be back as so as possible!
01-04-2012, 12:35 AM   #122
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I recognized a few years ago that as I got older and my CD progressed, it was less and less likely I could hold down a regular job. So I started my own online business. It is completely electronic, and I confirmed during my previous hospital stay - can be operated effectively even when I am unwell. I do have a great business partner who can cover for me if required, and we travel around the state a lot. This year we go national! If need be - he can do all the face to face stuff, leaving me to recover and do all the back end stuff. It has worked out very well. I'm very lucky.

I also do a bit of teaching and lecturing a few hours a week. These employers have been very understanding.
01-08-2012, 07:36 PM   #123
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I'm still on a early stage of discovering my CD. Also I don't have a job, but I've majored in Nursing and think there won't be many trouble for me. Worst thing that could happen is that I have some coleague who complains about me using the toylet all the while xd
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01-08-2012, 09:51 PM   #124
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I was in school for nursing, then was attacked by C-diff and was dealing with that for almost 3 years, and now diagnosed with Crohns. I switched my major to Medical Assisting since I would graduate quicker. If I can get this disease under control, I would go back sometime in life and get my nursing degree.
01-09-2012, 05:41 AM   #125
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Bback I do hope, you get to achieve your dream career. Even though in my country it's an unviable option, I know that things are slightly better in the US.
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01-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #126
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Technical Product Specialist for North American division of an International Company
01-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #127
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I am a registered nurse and I love it.
01-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #128
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There are some very interesting jobs amongst this thread...
I am a Childcare social worker which can be very stressful. Even for the fittest person, the job can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding but this is what I wanted to do in life. I am in the community visiting families on a daily basis (structured appointments and or emergency call out), at my desk completing the masses of paperwork that go with the job, in meetings/conferences or travelling out of county to visit young people in residential units/foster homes. When I feel unwell, I do have to cancel my visits, ask people to cover my meetings etc but I then stay in the office (near the loo!!). My boss and work colleagues are very understanding and I am so grateful of that...

My consultant on the other hand has told me to find a less stressful job as this is not a suitable profession for a Crohn's sufferer! Stress triggers Crohn's!!
01-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #129
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I was in the Army for a few years, then worked as an internet support for an ISP for a while, then fell back on my army training and worked as a Telecomms consultant for a Norwegian humanitarian organisation that seconded me to the UN in various parts of the world.

I got a familly at the same time as I discovered I have Chrons so now I am back home trying to find a steady job, but so far it's only been some longish jobs for a temp agency...at moment I am between jobs.
01-19-2012, 09:13 PM   #130
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I used to teach in High School which was during my remission and I did not need a restroom near by. Now I work for a small software company doing database programming (this is actually what I majored in). I can take breaks anytime I want and there is a restroom just outside our small office.
Health insurance though is another matter - pretty expensive. I wish I was working for a larger company with better benefits.
01-19-2012, 09:32 PM   #131
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I am a RN but havnt been able to hold a job for over a year now because I have been so sick trying for disability for now
01-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #132
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I am a tax accountant at a health insurer. My chron's sends me to the bathroom for hours a day. Fortunately my boss is not a micro-manager or I'd be screwed. Unfortunately, my boss is a nut which causes more stress and flares me up.
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01-28-2012, 01:42 PM   #133
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I work as a Physical Therapist Assistant, but I am only working 24 hours a week due to fatigue. I chose this career before I was diagnosed with Crohn's, but my work has been good about letting me reduce hours, taking time off for Drs and I have control when I go to the bathroom. Unfortunately i see a patient every 1/2 hour, so I hope I don't need to go during a patient. So far so good. I work 5 hour days with an hour break in the middle of the day.

I agree with everyone computers/IT is a good idea. You have a desk job that you can get up when you need to.

The only advice I have is don't pick a career that requires a lot of physical energy and sometimes mental energy is hard to conjure as well. Also find one that has bathrooms nearby!

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01-29-2012, 03:03 PM   #134
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i am a painter and decorater on massive building site where to toilets arent very good is a struggle in some of the nicest portaloos

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01-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #135
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I was a professional musician, couple of albums and really started to take off then it all went wrong. My health got really bad so I lost my confidence and could,t be in a crowded bar for fear of having accident I am now working in a hard drive factory ,doing a tech job . I work 12 hour shifts ,nights and days . I'm starting to play some music again to keep me sane ,but it's very limited.


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01-29-2012, 11:49 PM   #136
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I just graduated with a bachelors degree in Geology, which involved extensive field work over rough terrain for 6 weeks! As a 90 pound girl trying to make it in a male dominated field, i'm determined to make it work. I'm currently looking for work as a geologist or environmental scientist, and about to start Remicade. My career will involve being outside for long periods of time, sometimes in remote areas. As long as I have the energy, some wet wipes, and hand sanitizer i'm sure I can make it work. Since I was diagnosed as a kid, I grew up adapting to my ever changing health. I realized I wasn't going to let CD dictate my life, I just need to adapt more, and take breaks (esp Bathroom ones) when I need them. Remember, it could always be worse.
01-30-2012, 04:34 AM   #137
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Some really positive posts here. I think it is really important sometimes to take a step back and take stock of the situation. A Caroline just said about adapting is so important. For most of us it aint going away so in order to move forward we gotta take small steps to improve our everyday situation. Being prepared and being able to stay calm and positive can help make it all a bit more manageable. Sometimes when the Doc's aint listening to you ,you gotta help yourself. Have a good day.
01-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #138
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Some really positive posts here. I think it is really important sometimes to take a step back and take stock of the situation. A Caroline just said about adapting is so important. For most of us it aint going away so in order to move forward we gotta take small steps to improve our everyday situation. Being prepared and being able to stay calm and positive can help make it all a bit more manageable. Sometimes when the Doc's aint listening to you ,you gotta help yourself. Have a good day.
Exactly!

Interesting jobs btw. As for me, i've just started my Modern Languages degree in German and English, also teaching on the weekends and i'm a volunteer Projects Manager for a charity. As for the teaching well it's self-employed and the parents of the students understanding, and the project managing is another one which has caused some concerns as we're planning an event which i've been put in charge of but things happen so we've all got to adapt and now we've postponed it for April.

Gonna try and push myself to physically get to a meeting this Thursday.
02-01-2012, 11:56 AM   #139
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When I'm able to work I work as a Costume maker and Wardrobe Assistant. Can be pretty fun! Can't wait until I can get back to work
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02-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #140
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I am over the mowing crew (parks department) for the city of Port Lavaca (south TX). It's physically demanding with trying to keep all the parks mowed and weedeated, not to mention keeping flowerbeds looking good. So by the end of the day, sometimes by lunch I'm EXHAUSTED! I'm hurting! Joint pain, abdominal pain, low back pain....And my ankles are so swollen that when I take off my socks the sock indention stays on my ankles for awhile. Haha I gotta laugh at it to keep from going crazy. I've been with the city for 2 years and actually love it.I'm hoping to get my condition regulated soon and now that I know it's IBD I can do that.

PS: I don't eat all day while working BECAUSE theres not always a bathroom when I need one.

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02-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #141
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I'm a doctor, and I'm also about to start lecturing student doctors at the university so my life is pretty busy. And I like it that way!
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02-03-2012, 02:00 PM   #142
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I'm 23 and currently work at a desk doing data entry for the government.. pretty much a Crohnies dream job. At a desk all day with a bathroom 25ft away.
This is only temporary for me though (couple more months) and i've very recently had my second interview for Med School. I plan to pursue that until I get accepted and become a Dr.
02-03-2012, 02:08 PM   #143
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Good luck ducey, it certainly is possible to do my job with crohns but it is really hard work and tough going too! You sound determined enough to do it tho!!

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02-03-2012, 02:21 PM   #144
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I'm just about to start a new job! I am moving from a desk job answering phones and doing database work to self-employed photographer and creative services. Here goes nothing!
02-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #145
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Hey, is it wise to go for jobs etc with abdo pain? Maybe i can negotiate with the Employer perhaps for part time. But i'm pretty reluctant to leave the house not coz i need toilet but coz of pain.

Hmm..not sure what to do, i can cover for a teacher who's due to go on maternity leave soon. I need the job but not sure.

Any help? I'm new to Crohns or such conditions
02-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #146
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02-06-2012, 09:52 PM   #147
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I'm currently a Pharmacy Technician.

I have applied to a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Utah....just waiting to hear back!
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02-07-2012, 03:46 AM   #148
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Ive been a nurse for the past 16 years, i find it difficult sometimes when im flat out (work in emergency department), especially when i get bad stomach pain, luckily for me the diarrohea dosn't happen too oftern.. being a nurse is actually a good thing when you are suffering from a chronic illness, as all of my co-workers, (health proffesionals) understand, and not to mention the free medical advice on hand..

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02-10-2012, 09:15 AM   #149
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I'm an Intranet Architect, I've been working in technology all my life, since the age of 17, I'm now 33. Crohns used to keep me in hospital quite a lot but I've not even taken any medication for the past 6 years, let alone spend time in hospital. I was diagnosed when I was 21.

Depending on the seriousness of your condition I can't see why you can't do any career you want, with the exception of the military, I was turned away from the army due to the condition, it's understandable.

It's reassuring to see so many people with careers, I hear a lot about Crohns sufferers that have never worked due to their condition. In the UK this is a relatively easy excuse to get out of work as the government considers Crohns to be a disability apparently, therefore sufferers can get housing and living costs paid for, personally I'd be bored out of my mind. My heart goes out to those who really cannot work due to their condition being serious.

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02-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #150
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