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11-18-2011, 05:29 AM   #91
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I went to college and trained in I.T and then started a course in Electrical Engineering. Before personal issues meant I didn't go any further, eventually I was given a job and I spent 5 years working as a porter for a Commercial Removal Contractors. Basically, when big companys decided to move their offices to a new location I'd be one of the people packing up everything, Moving all the cupboards, desks and boxes and chairs!, Loading and emptying the Trucks and very often carrying the stuff up and down stair cases when there where no lifts!... Something that physically absolutely crippled me. We did a lot of travelling, mainly around the north west of England but we did travel further afield and stay from home for weeks at a time. And once I started becoming Ill with Crohns disease this was something that became physically and mentally even harder, I was forced to do ridiculous and probably illegal double shifts, for instance starting at 7 am on a friday morning, physically grafting until about 4 am on the saturday morning, only to go home for a few hours sleep and be back working again at 9 am later that morning. Something that stressed me out and tired me out , and i have no doubt it wreaked havoc as far as my crohns disease was concerned, so eventually i quit and got a part time job in a book makers call centre whilst i looked for somewhere to go with my life!... i started there in january, in april i was admitted to hospital and i have not yet returned to work.
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omeprozol 40mg
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ileostomy, colostomic mucus fistula stoma. gastostromy after recent surgery

tried, prednisolone, pentasa, azathioprine and infliximab
11-18-2011, 01:08 PM   #92
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I lost my first job in an electronics factory due to the time I spent off. I then was employed by a local I.T company and worked there for 11 months. Unfortunately (Concidentally?) after I was ill for a few days they decided to lay me off for 'financial reasons'. I have a feeling they didn't want to keep me employed for longer than 12 months as I had no comeback with regards to unfair dismissal. I decided to take it on the chin, and after another spell in hospital ended up working for another local IT company. This time, 3 years and still going strong.. very very supportive and very satisfying job. They know the gripes with crohns and understand I have ups/downs.
11-21-2011, 06:03 PM   #93
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I run a Starbucks. I think sometimes it is the wrong job for my crohn's, but the benefits are good and I have a bunch of vacation and the ability to take a leave of absence if i need it. It is really hard on my body and the caffeine and sugar temptation are not my friends.
11-22-2011, 06:23 AM   #94
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I create new products for a food company.
The sometimes long days on my feet can be tiring, but my coworkers and boss are really supportive which is great!
11-22-2011, 10:43 AM   #95
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Good ol Canadian Tire..been there for what seems a million yeart (12 now) I have gone from full time to 3 5hr shifts aweek. My coworkers are not supportive at all ( except 3 out of a 100) I only reason i stay is to help with the bills but i am hoping to quit shortly after christmas..we'll see
11-24-2011, 12:32 AM   #96
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I now get paid to be a caregiver part time.
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.
11-29-2011, 06:09 PM   #97
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I am a software developer with crohn's disease. And I also run an IBD information website at
11-30-2011, 02:52 PM   #98
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I am a nurse but haven't worked since oct 2010. Last time I worked I got sick with infections. Which then started antibiotic therapy which turned into
a flare that lasted 6-8 months then found out I have hepatitis (the kind that is not A B C etc) auto immune hep. but my liver enzymes are normal I found out by biopsy. So my nausea is bad. Plus my mom died and I was so numb, confused and scared. She was 94 and had pretty much in great condition for 94 but she fell and broke her hip. Died after surgery. Well at least she didn't have to go for all that therapy and suffering. Her mind was going so I guess it was a blessing. Back to me so during my numbness I fell and hit my head
and neck. So now I have a headache and neck pain. So just take me out to the woods and shoot me. So let's summarize I have Crohns, Autoimmune hep, Back pain, neck pain, belly pain, diabetes etc. Anybody have any suggestions for me. Because I really don't want to die.
so ps I'm sorry for hijacking this thread. I want to work but can't I have more sick days then well. Good Luck to you all
12-01-2011, 11:44 AM   #99
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hubby is a low voltage tech. So he does a lot of driving but he is a contractor so he makes his own hours and can come home if he needs
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~Diagnosed '07
~Remission since '09
~8 weeks on Prednisone in the beginning
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12-01-2011, 12:20 PM   #100
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One day when I finally get to the end of my studies, I'll be a clinical psychologist.
12-02-2011, 03:41 PM   #101
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I've been a Dental Nurse for 11 years and i love it
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Humira injections
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Diagnosed Nov 2010 - Crohns Colitis
(bowel problems since 16yrs) 34 Yrs old now
So far tried Methotrexate, Asacol,Aza,6mp,Remicade
12-02-2011, 07:40 PM   #102
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I work in consulting as a field biologist. I spend about 60% of my time outdoors with a bush axe and machete 2 miles from the nearest work truck- I LOVE IT. Wouldn't trade it for anything and hopefully not Crohn's. I am not yet diagnosed but having issues - fortunately -in my line of work - I am not the only one who has to go and we have an exceptionally large restroom - as needed lol. - My co-workers, boss, and company are great and have been very understanding as I start navigating the world of life with Crohns - still hoping it's not.
12-03-2011, 06:10 PM   #103
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I am a technician that deals with traffic video detection for a company just outside of Orlando FL. My boss is very understanding if i need time off. I am blessed to have such a job.
12-04-2011, 03:53 PM   #104
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I'm in my second year of medical school (was diagnosed after I had already started med school). I worry about the risk of infections, since I take several immunosuppresants (pentasa 1500 mg, budesonide 9 mg, imuran 125 mg, and remicade). also I worry about not having the reslience I'll need for the long hours and the stress, but this is a dream I really dont want to give up. Any doctors, nurses, or health care workers out there with any advice or words of wisdom?
12-05-2011, 02:54 AM   #105
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I'm working in a hospital. I'm writing medical texts dictated by doctors.

Crohn's disease diagnosed in 1998 at the age of 13.
Now using azathioprine 150 mg per day.
Ileocecal resection performed in February 24th, 2012.

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{It's kind of a blog I guess}

12-11-2011, 06:26 AM   #106
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I'm a nurse. I work in residential care, in a special care unit. I love my job, but sometimes, it really wreaks havoc on my gut!
Currently awaiting an answer to my multitude of symptoms.....
12-12-2011, 03:21 PM   #107
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I'm a student and feel really lazy compaired to all of you!

My planned career is writer so if that pans out I'll be able to take bathroom breaks/work from home, back up career was an English/Classical Studies teacher but dunno how well that will go as I was only recently diagnosed so could get worse. I'll still get the qualifications for it though, for fun.
12-14-2011, 06:16 AM   #108
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I'm just crazy at the moment cause I got my student job but it came to me as a miracle today(starting next month!)!

I study geology (needless to say you feel like you totally choose the wrong field for yourself when you get sick [shrug].... ... (and even) ... (that's not quite it yet) ......

[Who said Anti-TNF + immunosuppressor are user friendly? yeah right, anyone who as a fridge around them at any time] I guess the side of an iceberg could do if I don't get to have a refrigerator unit tent to do prospection... Or how wonderful it is to walk for 8-10 hours a day when you randomly discover that your joints are not user friendly on this specific day! but hey! who cares? We love challenge don't we!? [Anyone wants to form a team Crohnies for Kilimanjaro? Probably already existing, id be in, who's in?]

That being said, I'm thankful I found a job to assist a geology research team for the gov and that it is in the middle of the city (yes yes, not miles away in some sort of lost village) So that makes me really happy!
Diagnosed UC 1999 then refractory CD.
Past Meds: Prednisone, asacol, cyclosporine, cyclophosphamide, mp6, Humira

Currently taking: Omega-3, D-3, med-free for the time being.
~~Oh! n sorry if what I write seems strange at times, English is not my main language!~~

You'd like to chat and feel facebook would ease this point,
send me a private message and i'll do so =)
12-14-2011, 07:23 AM   #109
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Good for you Jane!
12-14-2011, 04:37 PM   #110
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Work for the government, but have designed, built, tested many fun little gizmo's, wrote code etc. I mostly manage people and think of strategies and go to meetings now. Not as much fun as it used to be. I am thankful for a job and health insurance.
DX Crohn's 1971
Crohn's Surgeries 1971, 1974, 1984x2, 1993, 2007,2016
11 Kidney Stones from 1996 due to resections
All the standard drugs/advice from the 70's 80's 90s
Now: Lyrica & Cymbalta (Neuropathy)
Fish Oil, B12 injection monthly
Dec 21 2011 started Remicade
February 2012 off of Pentase!
Nov 2014 Back on Imuran
Jan 2015 off Remicade
Mar 2015 on Humira
June 2016 on cimzia
Dx short Bowel July 2017
12-16-2011, 07:43 PM   #111
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I am a Paramedic at a Pediatric Hospital. Although the stress doesnt help I couldnt find myself doing anything else. I have had Crohns for 22 years now and diagnosed when I was 7. When I happen to come across a child who is going through what I did, just to be able to let them know that I experienced that is very rewarding. Just to let them know they arent alone or to be there to talk is a great feeling. I wish I had someone to relate to at age 7 when I was experiencing this.
12-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #112
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Love all of these careers! I work at a web design company. It's fantastic to be able to do something creative to get your mind off other things.
12-23-2011, 10:02 PM   #113
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I write proposals for a company that helps people manage their conditions, lose weight, and quit smoking. We help people get better and their employers drive down their claim $. It's a win-win.

And I'm happy to say IBD is one of the 35 diseases we specialize in!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Pancolitis - November 2011

I still love you Nutella and I don't blame you for this.
12-26-2011, 12:39 AM   #114
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I am a register clerk in apparel for a big grocery store in my area and have been working the same job for 11 years as of January 2012. Quite often it's stressful and challenging. But, the management and my fellow employees have been really good to me.
Ulcerative Colitis/IBD 1996, Iritis 2001, Ulcerative Proctitis 2013, Indeterminate Colitis 2016, Remission 2017, Hand Eczema

Current Meds:
Pentasa 1000mg 2xday or Mesalamine DR 1.2gm 2xday, Canasa Suppositories (when needed) 1000mg 1xday, Tylenol 3 with codeine 300-30mg (when needed)

600+D Calcium 2xday, Multivitamin, 65mg Iron 1xday, Fish Oil 1000mg, Vitamin D3 5,000 I.U., Eye Drops 2xday

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12-29-2011, 02:13 PM   #115
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I was diagnosed with crohns in my second year of nurse training. I took 6 months off when I was first diagnosed but went on to complete my training and also completed a nursing degree. I am now working as a specialist nurse.
12-29-2011, 07:17 PM   #116
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I have been employed with a pediatric hospital in the admitting/registration dept. I am currently a "quality specialist" which basically means I fix all kinds of mistakes in our computer system.

Very thankful for an understanding group of co-workers and supervisors!

Currently taking Humira

Previously tried Pentasa, Remicade
12-29-2011, 11:42 PM   #117
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i do a mixture of office work and manual work in the back country of new zealand which is really handy as there are plenty of tree's to duck behind if i need to go to the WC.
12-30-2011, 03:37 PM   #118
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Before my dx I remember sitting on a box closed in the back of my econoline van as elementary kids passed by. It was more than a near miss as my undies and the box all wound up in a dumpster. Good thing back then we had boxes of old diapers we used as rags. So the wipe was comfy, which is a decent consolation :-).

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12-31-2011, 09:54 PM   #119
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I've been an English teacher, back in the olden days, and spent 25 years as an insurance agent. Now retired, fool around on the internet and do as I please.
*Sick since 1987; managed on my own;
*diagnosed 2008 when I underwent emergency surgery;
*various meds and tests 2008-2012,
*Jan 2012-present, Humira. No symptoms, but scopes indicated disease.
*6MP for all of 2013.
*2014 &2015 complete mucosal healing.

**Staying on Humira for maintenance**

The statistics I see so far for my situation seem pretty good. There ARE long term statistics for the Anti-TNF drug treatments now. I'm here to make them longER.
01-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #120
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I LOVED reading about everyone's awesome careers! You guys are awesome!

I agree with one of the previous posters who said not to let your Crohn's run you. I don't let it control what I do. It's a part of me, not who I am. But, I know it's easier said than done sometimes.

I'm a Lab Tech for a Phase I drug clinical research facility. I work nights when we have studies running. When we have down time I work days. The crazy hours doesn't help with my incredibly low energy level but I power through it anyway. I very much like my job, for the most part, but it starts to ware on me after a while.

I am also currently trying to go back to school to do something completely different. My goal is to get my BA and then go to Law School. We shall see if it will happen though. It won't be for the lack of trying that's fo' sho'.

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