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07-02-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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What Career/Job Do You Have?

Since I got diagnose with Arthritis & Crohn's disease I need to switch my major and career. But I have no idea whats a good profession for someone with crohns disease and arthritis.

Initially I was going to join the army but got denied from my conditions

what career do you have?
07-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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I started out as a Justice Major. I have been teaching for 14 years. There is a restroom in my classroom. I almost joined the police force in my late 20s. I don't think my body could have handled it very long.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2005

Pentasa 2x500mg (4 times a day)
Zofran (as needed for nausea)
Ginger Capsules (for Nausea)
Zoloft 150 mg
Ranitidine 150 mg (2 times a day)
Entocort 3 mg (3 capsules by mouth for 8 weeks, then tapering to 2 capsules for three months)
07-03-2011, 01:00 AM   #3
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I did medical billing for 4 years as it was a desk job. I really loved it as my supervisors were very supportive. Due to health issues, I had to give it up. They told me I could come back any time if I wanted but I had a stroke 6 yrs. ago and it affected several skills so I do volunteer work for the local CCFA and ostomy chapter.

It doesn't hurt to give back to the community as they've been there for me. I've been doing it for 25 yrs. and met some awesome folks along the way.
07-03-2011, 02:57 AM   #4
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At the moment I'm working in a museum as a visitor assistant. I am on my feet all day, so it's hard work, but my managers and the other staff know about me having Crohn's, so they do make allowances.
Eventually I'd like to get a job doing what I've trained to do, which is restoring antique furniture and frames.
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Diagnosed: July 2009

Resection and removal of Enterocutaneous Fistula: Jan 2014
Pelvic infection Drainage: April 2013
Ileostomy reversal: February 2013
Ileocecal resection and temp. ileostomy (Say hello to Norman!): Nov 2012
Current Medication: NONE!

Past medications: Humira, Infliximab, Azapthioprine, Asacol, Budesonide, Prednisolone, Flagyl, Cipro, Cholestyramine (Questran), Fortisips.
07-03-2011, 10:38 AM   #5
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I've found that people are generally pretty understanding, although it helps to have a job where you can work on something close to your own schedule as long as you get the work done. I was a consulting chemical engineer for five years after my diagnosis, then I went to law school, and I've been a patent lawyer for six years. Both those jobs generally have allowed me to take breaks when I need to and to do my work when I'm able.
07-03-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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Assistant Buyer for the largest book store chain in Canada.

Desk jobs are pretty sweet, and if it is a big company then you may get additional leeway due to medical conditions. Try for something that has benefits it helps immensely.
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07-03-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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I work in regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry. It's a desk job and I love it!!!

'You can't change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.'

Diagnosed with Crohn's colitis aged 9, 1992.

Panproctocolectomy and terminal end ileostomy October 2011.
07-03-2011, 01:36 PM   #8
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Currently I'm on disability and am receiving SSI but I got my Master's degree in Fine Art with my emphasis in sculpture. I plan on teaching college level sculpture, ceramics or maybe even drawing. Sadly the job market sucks right now and there are very few jobs available for professors/teachers. The disease did not alter my dreams and ambitions in the slightest.
Diagnosis: Crohn's in 1991 at age 9
Surgeries: 1 Small Bowel Resection in 1999; Central IV in 1991-92
Meds for CD: 6MP 75mg
Things I take: Tenormin 25mg (PVCs and Tachycardia), Junel (endometriosis), Tylenol 3 (Osteoarthritis), Zantac 150mg 2/day (acid reflux), Klonopin 1mg (Panic Disorder), Imitrex 25mg (migraines), Zofran 8mg (nausea)
Currently in: REMISSION Thought it was a flare but it's just scar tissue from my resection. Dealing with a stricture. Remission from my resection, 19 years and counting.
07-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #9
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I had always wanted to be an 8th grade English teacher and write novels. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment. But in high school I realized my body couldn't handle it.

My other dream had been to design in ring garb for professional wrestlers. I made a lot of my own clothes growing up and was enthralled by the wild gear they wore to the ring in the 80's and 90's. The problem was that after I graduated with my design degree my guts had other ideas. While I was in college one of my English professors told me that he loved my designs, but that I should be writing.

Sadly I'm able to sew very little these days as the physical movement is difficult if not impossible on most days. I am now on Disability - SSI and SSDI and have been for over thirteen years.

About seven years ago I started writing for a website that focuses on wrestling. That site is barely more than defunct, but through that site, I was able to pick up writing work through one of the top wrestling sites online. I've been there for about four years and love it! I have the freedom needed when I don't feel well, but always have something to keep me busy when I need it. I actually wrote one of my time sensitive pieces while watch the show from my hospital bed. My boss said he'd have someone cover me, but I wanted to keep busy.

I've basically taken my loves and made them work for me.
30+ years of Crohn's Disease and many strong opinions.
Diagnosed - Age 8, 1981
Small Bowel Resections - 6 - had a fistula and 6X8 abscess, as well as some small bowel removed - 9/2/11
New abscess, named Albert! 7/7/12
Prednisone - Way too much & never again!
Cimzia - Started 5/20/11, hoping for the best. Scared that it won't work, like everything else.
Humira/Remicade/Imuran/6MP/Flagyl/ect - Been there, done that & really should get the t-shirt!
07-03-2011, 05:06 PM   #10
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I study Computer Science at University, so I guess a career in IT would be safe for Crohns.
I wanted to do something exciting like the army but that's a no go (teaching would be fun though). As for work, outside of term time I'm on my feet all day in a warehouse :P
07-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #11
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My name pretty much gives it away, I'm in the hospitality industry. It's hard to work when I'm flaring - constantly running to the bathroom, and nausea so bad that the smell of food makes me feel sicker... Luckily, until now, I've had very understanding employers. Not sure how other places might be... but, so far, I still love what I do so I'm going to keep doing it!
Diagnosis: Crohn's Disease (May 2007)
Meds: Double-dose of Remicade, every 6 weeks
*I'm going to start saying I'm in REMISSION now! Three years since my last hospitalization!*
07-03-2011, 08:39 PM   #12
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My job title is Fire Protection Specialist (State Fire Marshal) - I am also certified as a Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Investigator, Code Enforcement Official, Hazardous Materials Technician (with specialty training in Weapons of Mass Destruction-WMD)....and on the side, I teach Defensive Driving and dabble in antiques/collectables......

30 plus years and counting with UC/Crohn's!
on remicade since 11/05

While my experiences may not be what everyone has had- I feel it is worthwhile to share any and all experiences that may be beneficial to others.
07-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #13
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07-04-2011, 12:36 PM   #14
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I work at a trade associtiaion in the convention department.
I travel about 3 times a year for about 1 week each time. For the most part it has worked well. Last year I had a couple trips in the months leading up to my resection. That was tough - lots of vomiting and trying to work through it. The rest of the year is desk work and they are very understanding about missing time at work.

Symptoms since 98
Resection and diagnosis June 2010
3 fistulas
abscess drained 6 times (so far...)
currently 2 seton in place 1 since 9/11 the other 4/14
1 strange small air pocket with an 8 cm sinus track leading into the great unknown
methotrexate weekly
folic acid
2 lomotil
2 Welchol
B12 injections (monthly)

Goodbye Humira
Goodbye Cimzia
Goodbye Azathiprine
07-04-2011, 02:20 PM   #15
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I am a career firefighter soon to be a graduate student in public administration/ city management. Would love to go to law school but don't see how with work schedule and family.
07-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #16
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I've been in IT for a while. My company recently folded (at the exact same time as I was diagnosed with Crohn's). Managed to get temp job where I can work from home...which was a blessing while I was battling the sickness and side-effects of both the disease and the medication.
07-10-2011, 12:02 PM   #17
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I'm a marketing coordinator for a large automotive group. It's a desk job with a very understanding boss. I don't have anyone supervising me breaks for bathroom trips are never an issue. Plus it's 9-5 m-f. So I have the weekends to relax.
07-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #18
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I'm a Deputy Court Clerk in Oakland County, MI. I run collections on minor infractions on such matters as speeding tickets etc that are overdue. Judges may sentence defendants to jail but paperwork has to follow the body, I produce said paperwork. It may not sound stressful but it is and as a mater of fact, these people are none to pleased to see me or for that matter hear from me!

Diagnosed Crohns/Colitis: September 1990
Resections: 1995 & 2005
No Gallbladder!!
Hernia repairs: 7 at last count since 2004

Currently on: Remicade (750 mg every 8 wks) 6-MP, Colazal, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, and B-12 injections

Previous Meds: Prednisone, Flagyl, Colostid, Lyrica, Cipro, Rowasa

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07-10-2011, 08:05 PM   #19
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I'm an attorney. I work at a large corporation and lately my boss has not been all that flexible with this latest flare. Previous to this boss, I've never had a problem with management being flexible.
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07-10-2011, 09:50 PM   #20
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Latent fingerprint examiner, office job..good for this problem.
07-11-2011, 09:38 AM   #21
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I am a radiology tech/mammographer at a medium sized family practice clinic.
I work 4 days a week, am on my feet 90% of the day, but seem to manage OK with my CD. I do have days where I have to excuse myself and run to the bathroom (not usually from patients), but there are lots of them in the clinic.
I don't have to work on call, and rotate one Saturday out of the month. If I were at a hospital my hours would be a lot different, plus there are places (OR, CT or MRI suites for instance) that I wouldn't be able to just get up and leave from.
Crohn's diagnosed in 2001
Gallbladder removed May 2005
Appendectomy January 2011
Humira 40 mg; also Flexeril, Wellbutrin XL, Klonopin, Salagen, vitamin D,
co-Q-10, DMAE, biotin, acai, multivitamin with ginger
07-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #22
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I am a juvenile Corrections officer at a detention facility. I also have an ileostomy. So far, so good!

Crohn's Diagnosis: 1996 at age 19.

Current Diagnosis: Unknown. Might be Colitis as of March 2011.

Past Medications: Prednisone, Asacol, Pentasa, Canasa, Entocort, 6mp, Humira, Cimzia, Flagyl, and Cipro.

Current Medication: 6mp

Surgeries: Total removal of colon (rectum was saved) with temporary ileostomy in Feb. 2011.

I'm sorry, but I can't be a ray of freakin sunshine every day of the week!
10-19-2011, 08:57 PM   #23
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Latent fingerprint examiner, office job..good for this problem.
hmmmm interesting. Fingerprint examiner..... I'm curious about it. What do you do for your job exactly?
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Diagnosis - Crohn's colitis & Pancolitis 2009-current, 97-09 UC, Osteoporosis, controlled anemia with iron infusions

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10-20-2011, 11:31 AM   #24
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I'm a paralegal for one attorney for the past 10 years. Thank god I have 4 bathrooms to choose from in this place. My co-workers are extremely understanding. My boss on the other hand is not.
10-20-2011, 12:33 PM   #25
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I'm an environmental educator for a large university. I work in the field somedays but am in the office quite a bit as well. I travel out of state a few times a year. My employer, supervisor and co-workers ROCK!
Crohn's diagnosed August 2011
Meds: 6-MP, Pentasa, Entocort, Protonix
Previously: Lialda, Asacol, Cipro, Flagyl, Prednisone
10-20-2011, 12:33 PM   #26
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I'm a system administrator (IT). I used to be an IT manager before I got really sick, but needing to work from home busted that dream

Working with computers can be a great job, especially now. It's becoming more and more common for administrators and developers to find work from home jobs or jobs with flexible work schedules. Unfortunately, I'm only allowed to work from home one day a week now, but since it's a desk job it's not so bad, and my coworkers know I have issues that may make the bathroom suck for small periods of time.

I'd be careful to stay away from jobs that have strict rules about leaving your desk outside of break times (customer service type roles have this rule often).
10-20-2011, 12:44 PM   #27
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I'm an environmental educator for a large university. I work in the field somedays but am in the office quite a bit as well. I travel out of state a few times a year. My employer, supervisor and co-workers ROCK!
This sounds very cool, can you elaborate more of what you are teaching? Just curious.
10-20-2011, 01:44 PM   #28
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Such interesting careers!

I'm a business analyst for a hospital corporation. I have a lot of flexibility regarding doctors' appointments and can work from home once in a while if necessary.
dx 2003
Remission 2004-2010
Moderate/severe flare through entire colon 12/2010-10/2012
Lialda, omeprazole, Remicade, Methotrexate, Folic Acid, Questran
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10-20-2011, 01:59 PM   #29
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I am in outside sales, internet advertising. I work for AT&T so its a large company. I dont use their benefits though. I have a great base salary but I make real money when I sell. When I am out, like I have been almost all of October, no commissions. So that sucks. I am on the road all the time, so I have to stop from time to time. My bosses have been really cool with my sickness but the company has very specific rules in place as to what can and cannot be done. I might have to find another career option, but in my current job I do make my own schedule. As long as I hit my sales number, no one says anything to me. Miss my number is when bad things can happen.
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10-20-2011, 03:17 PM   #30
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I am a guest service representative and a credit/loan officer for a jewelry store.
It has its perks (most people are excited/friendly when purchasing jewelry and/or getting engaged)
The down fall, people never read credit applications.
but i enjoy my job, it is a desk job.

Diagnosed: February 2011

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