The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Protecting Your Job Despite an Illness

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Thanks to Jen at who alerted me to this article just recently at the New York Times. It’s always nice to see a large paper like the NYT remember that those of us with a chronic illness are not a small minority niche market, but nearly 1 in 2 Americans.

The article, Protecting Your Job While Coping With a Chronic Illness, dives into personal stories, but also gives some astonishing information and great practical advice.

For example, did you know…

A recent study by the Center for Economics and Policy Research, a Washington research organization, found that among 22 rich nations, the United States was the only one that did not guarantee workers paid time off for illness.

Most other countries provide their workers not only with paid sick days, but also time off for cancer treatments, the study found. German citizens, for example, are allowed five sick days and 44 days for cancer treatment, if needed, in addition to vacation days.

And this article admits…

41 percent offer employees days off β€” nine, on average β€” for illness or other reasons, in addition to vacation days, according to a 2007 survey by Mercer, a benefits consulting business based in New York. But when an employee has a serious or chronic illness, like diabetes, major depression or lupus, the rules about time off become murky.

Be sure to go to the web site to get the full story, (if you need to register it is free) as they provide some tips if you are chronically ill and working from our favorite “illness job coach” Rosalind Joffe, of Chronic Illness Coach and author of Women Work and Auto Immunune Disease.

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  Jenni Saake, author, Hannah’s Hope wrote @

I just got my copy of Women Work and Auto Immunune Disease today and am eager to start reading it. πŸ™‚

  Katie Duplessis wrote @

I’ve been dealing with chronic illness for about the past ten years, five of which I was unable to work at all. I am presently working part time and they are very understanding of my health issues. However, I do desire to have children and know the added stress may make even part time work out of the home impossible. I have been searching and searching for legitimate work to do from the home, but can’t seem to find anything but scams. I reside in Canada. Is there any info you could give me to help me out?

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