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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 — nine, on average — 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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Why Health (or Illness) Bloggers Blog

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Do you blog about your illness? If so, I’d love to have you post your link below so I can visit your blog!

And can you answer one question for me? Why? What’s makes you blog?

Recently a study was done by the University of Chicago business school on health bloggers. I received an email from Geoffrey W. Rutledge MD, PhD, who is Chief Medical Information Officer for .

I wanted to share this information with all of you that blog about health or illness topics and we’ll look forward to the results! Rush says. . .

The researchers initially conducted a series of telephone interviews with Health Bloggers to understand what the key factors are that drive people to blog on health and healthy living topics.

In this first phase, they explored in one on one conversations the reasons and motivations for health blogging. Based on the interviews, the researchers tailored a special survey instrument to get a better understanding from a larger sample of health bloggers of what motivates health bloggers. Some of the key findings from the analysis of that survey include:

– The reasons for blogging varied, but centered on the passion for health or healthy living, enjoyment of writing, and the desire to inform, teach and engage in a discussion. Several also mentioned self expression, a desire for recognition, the opportunity for creating a personal brand, and the enjoyment that comes from helping others.

– HealthBloggers are deeply passionate about leading an active lifestyle and remaining healthy.

– HealthBloggers value as extremely important the following attributes: the ability for readers to find information on their blogs; quality of blog entries (content); and up-to-date information/content.

– The need to belong to a community was important.

– The size of reader audience was only somewhat important, and recognition was slightly less than “somewhat important”.

– Respondents also mentioned developing relationships with others, getting immediate feedback from readers and receiving emotional support as reasons for blogging.

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