How many of you hold full-time jobs?

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm intersted to find out how many of us work full time jobs outside the home. If not, do you get help financially from some sort of disability plan?  Is it Crohn's that keeps you from being able to work?
Thank you for your input.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a kindergarten teacher.  This is my fifth year teaching.  (I am 28) I was diagnosed last January (2008) after being sick for almost 2 years.  I am only on pentasa, although my GI said my crohns was moderate to severe...but I have only had one mini flare since I've been diagnosed.  Knock on wood. tongue  
Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
I am 28 years old and have been married for 3 years.  My husband and I will be trying to get pregnant soon!!

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full-time. I am basically symptom-free at the moment though, thanks to Colazal.
When I was in the middle of my first flare a few months ago, I was really starting to wonder if I would be able to keep working though. I managed to make it through those difficult months only taking one sick day... thinking back on it, i don't know how i did it!

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in school full time and was working full time before that. I also work part time now.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i work for the state of california. super cush job compared to what i would be doing if i worked in the private sector and also way easier than school. i knew with crohn's i needed job security and benefits and good health insurance over money, hence my decision to go into the public sector. there is little stress and pressure so i like it in that regard. sure i wont get rich working there, but i do get paid well for what i do and i'll be well taken care of with a pension.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full time.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I also work in the public sector-- 35 hour work week. I did full-time before, but will only be doing 50% now to be home w/ my daughter.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full time as an accountant for a large company in the private sector. Mostly 35 hour weeks, but about 6 weeks total of 45-55 hour weeks throughout the year. I like the job, they are understanding about the CD, good pay/benefits/pension. The last 9 months during this flare have been tough though.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 8mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a full-time student, and I get financial aid based off of my parents'(low low low...)income. Students also get the hope scholarship upon entering and keep it based on gpa. Given that, and having accepted a loan, I get enough overflow to take care of myself without a job, which, by the way, I can't seem to get anyway because they either have physical needs that I cannot fulfill or they are not hiring.
I would very much like to find a job, but it's not going so well at the moment with anyone in that respect I think...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 1/28/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full time as a Kindergarten teacher too, Mel05. At first it was very hard because my disease was out of control and you cannot leave your students alone to go to the bathroom at all. So, I had to starve myself all day long just to make it through the day. Things are so much better now that I am on Humira.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont work, i used to work full time but have not been able to go since October.
I think it is also psychological i was on steroids and i did not want to be around people while i was looking like a whale :P
It is also hard for me because i am good today but tomorrow i would not be ok so i decided to stop working while i am in a flare.

I am still getting sick pay from my job so there is nothing to worry about.
24 year old female

Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..

Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort

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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first got sick in the summer of 2006 I was working full time as a nanny. It worked with the problems that I was having because it was easy for me to just hang out with the kids and watch movies or sit in a chair while they played outside. My boss was also very understanding. I worked for this family for almost a year and a half after my diagnosis in October of 2006 until I went to be a full time preschool teacher. I started on Humira right before I started working at the preschool and it helped to keep my symptoms under control so that I could work. I am now back in school full-time to get my teaching credential and I am also a student teacher full time in a Kindergarten class. I feel like my symptoms are under control enough that I don't have to worry about leaving the house anymore, and I thank the Humira for that. I hope to continue on the Humira for as long as possible so that I can start and continue my career as a teacher. I have read the posts of the other teachers on this thread and agree that it is hard to leave a classroom full of students. Good luck to everyone! I also think it helps to have an extremely understanding boss. I was always able to discuss my Crohn's with my bosses and they have always been very understanding of my needs.
*24 years old, female* *Diagnosed with Crohn's October 2006* *Diagnosed with Alpha-1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency July 2008* *Also, I have had psoriasis (no meds have EVER worked-not even crohn's meds or pred., but tanning 2-3x/wk keeps the "scales" away) since I was 5 and I am anemic* *Currently taking Humira with mild side effects but at least it's the only one and I can eat again without emptying my bowels every hour or so* *Previous meds: Asacol, Cipro, Lialda, Prednisone, 6-MP* *Also taking daily vitamins: multi, iron, folic acid, c, flaxseed oil, and fish oil*
*"True strength is being able to hold it all together when everyone else is expecting you to fall apart" -unkown*
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   Posted 1/29/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Bible, I made it to retirement but it wasn't easy..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I work full time the last 16 years with no problems.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I work in accounting for the north american division of an international company. I've worked full time since I went back to work when my kids were both in school. Lucky I have sick days to use as needed -- other wise no problems.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I work fulltime. I ws DX 2001 and for the most part I have perfect attendance. I missed a week in 2001 being DX and I missed a day in 2007 for a overnight hospital stay. I will be missing a great deal of time for my upcoming surgery.
Other than that my employer is very understanding of my condition.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been teaching full time for the last 19 years. I absolutely love my job. My biggest worry isn't having to leave the kids to run to the bathroom, but that i generally just feel unwell. Before I leave to go home I make sure I have extensive lesson plans in case I have to call in a substitute teacher. When my doctor tells me to take time off work....... I cry and feel like such a failure. He just doesn't understand.

dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I hold two jobs... don't know how as sick am all the time. :)

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   Posted 1/29/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

I have worked full time since I was 14....52 now.  DX'd about 8 or 9 years now....had problems for a lot longer.

I work about 60 hours a week and travel a lot.  Last year was just over 100 flights and 150,000 miles.

Sometimes the DD intereferes and may even win the day....but most of the time like so many others on here I just have to push through. 

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old

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   Posted 1/29/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   

I have worked fulltime with my current employer for 32 years.  While being employed here, I have had Crohn's surgery 3 times, ear surgery, c-section, hand surgery, a severe bout of arthritis in my hands, and have missed a lot of time because of flares.  Needless to say they have been very understanding. 

They are a non-profit behavioral health center.  The pay could be better, but the benefits are good.  This is the main reason I stay.  I think it would have been difficult for me to work in the public sector.





CD since 1972 (three bowel resections), Fibromyalgia, Inflamatory Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Acid Reflux
Humira since 04/07 for CD, Prozac, Diovan, Cardizem, B12 Inj., Prevacid, and Lortab and Ambien as needed for Fibro

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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have worked at the same company for almost 19 years. I have missed alot of time due to my Crohns, but have been blessed with supportive bosses. And now there is another person who has Crohns who works here too. Although we are both in remission right now.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full time in the voluntary sector. I've been in my current job for two years, but in my previous two jobs was off each job for 4-6 weeks (due to initial diagnosis and then surgery). Thankfully my managers have always been very understanding and I can work from home occasionally if I need to.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24

Resection in Nov 06

Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa

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   Posted 1/29/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I work in the Public School System in a middle school cafeteria. They are very understanding, I missed most of last school year being in and out of the hospital and I still have a job.
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I work full time (and more) as an attorney. I love my job, but during flares, the hours and stress can be challenging to deal with.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I work more than FT... thanks to Humira, I am mostly symptom free but everyone is very supportive of me and my issues. When in the hospital, I did work from there as I could but others just picked up the slack and got things done in my absence.
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