Taking risks - career & crohn's

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 140
   Posted 4/16/2010 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
So I work for this great company. They don't ask questions when I leave for doctor's appointments or when I come in late, the bathroom stalls are floor to ceiling, there are hardly any women around so it's almost like having my own private washroom plus everyone is very friendly. To make a long story short, I'm comfortable.

I just don't like the work I'm doing. It's just not me. I've been toying with the idea of changing careers/finding a different job for about 3 years now. But I've also been in a flare for about 3 years and the routine I've established there helps me get through my days.

Has anyone been through the same thing... unhappy at work but too chicken to make a change? Or maybe you got up the guts to do it? Oh, I do love a good pun.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 222
   Posted 4/16/2010 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I am the same, I used to love the job I am in, and still do sometimes but it is a comfort zone as people know me there and know I have Crohns and understand when I disappear in mid conversation! I am too scared to change jobs as I work for the NHS so sick leave is good, annual leave is good and the pay is better than if I was working in a private nursing home. I know I wouldn't get the same benefits if I went into another job and I would probably have more stress to go with it as well,so for now, I put up with whatever the job brings!
But depending on the job you are in and how much you are unhappy with it would depend on how much you will search for another job, but my advice, although I haven't done it, is look for another job , but make sure that it is known you have CD or UC from the start as it might make it easier on you as in the way of doctors appointments etc.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do ;)
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 4/16/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been at the same job for over 20 years. There were some years where I really wanted to quit, but I have to tell you that I am glad I didn't. Things finally worked themselves out, and I have come to love my job and the people I work with. And having the understanding that I am sick and have to take some time off occasionally and not getting a bunch of grief for it, keeps me here. Good luck in whatever you do. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 4/16/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was at the same job for almost 20 years. It was comfortable as you say, but not rewarding in anyway. I was really good at it though and could do it in my sleep. My boss let me take work home if I needed to, no problem with calling in sick, it was only part-time, so no real stress either. The down side to all this flexibility was that I was way under paid for what I was doing. I was the most senior person in the building and making the least amount of money. (We all worked for different companies, but did the same job) I could see how the economy was going and that things were going downhill. So I took a job doing something completely different on the days that I was not working my regular job. Sure enough within 6 months, my boss joined his company with another and I was out of a job. I could have found another job in my old building, but I had already made my plan and I stuck with it.

The first few months of doing the new job, I hated it. It was in the field I thought I always wanted to be in, and I was miserable. But after I got used to it, things got better. It really was just missing the people and the routine of the old job, not the new job itself. It was scary, but it is for anyone, not just for a CDer, but if you plan things out, you can make them work.

If the economy hadn't forced my hand, I would still be doing my old job. I'm happier now, I make more money and I feel like I'm doing something that makes a difference.

Only you can decide if its worth the scare factor. It could be wonderful, or it could just be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 417
   Posted 4/16/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am finally quitting my job. After years of management always asking questions and wanting dr's notes, and basically being harassed I am quitting. It's scary, I will tell you that. I am however looking for a job that I can do from home w/o any questions being asked. I do not need the stress every time I go to work wondering if today will be another day they pull me into the HR's office and have another discussion. *sigh* (they know about my CD, and sometimes I wish they would have it so they would be more understanding)
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 140
   Posted 4/17/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
You've all pretty much confirmed what I've been thinking. If I don't try, I'll never know... And you only live once, right?

Your advice has been much more helpful than what I got from the career counselor I saw last year. He basically told me to suck it up. But if it's still bothering me, I'm thinking I should find someone who can really help me and get this project underway.

Thank you all for your advice!

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 4/17/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Go for it! Dont' run head long in to it without any preparation or research of course, but I am huge believer that your mental health is as or more important with this disease. We can't let it define us. Good luck!

  • CD dx '86. Re-section '93. Dx Crohn's Colitis '98.
  • Participation in Remicade trials (fistulae) late 90's.
  • Manifestations of fissures, fistula, scleritis, polyarthralgia and erythema nodosum.
  • Presently on Imuran, Cipro, Flagyl
  • Remicade (2nd attempt - after 10 yrs - failed).  
  • Fistulotomy (Oct 2009) - failed miserably - now healing resistant wound tract (4+ months)
  • Humira (March 2010)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 1768
   Posted 4/18/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My only advice is to stay where you are until you have something else lined up. That is, unless you have $$ saved and can afford to be without a job. Right now finding a job stinks, so try to stay where you are while looking for and getting a new job!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 6518
   Posted 4/18/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I hated the job I was in and decided to find another one. I hated that one too,,for 31 years. Cant tell you what to do , but you need to check things out real well before you jump out of the frying pan into the fire....
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.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 769
   Posted 4/19/2010 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I got crohn’s in my 1st yr of uni so I guess I always knew things would be tough with working but I never let it stop me and scored a high enough GPA to be offered a spot as an honours student. I worked for 2 years (in a couple of jobs I hated, and one I loved) and then started working for the government. The conditions are fantastic. However, I missed using my brain, and I am highly motivated so I need to be doing something that give me a feeling of purpose and success. So..... after weighing up whether or not to leave my very comfortable, very friendly and understanding workplace, I have decided instead to go back to university and do my honours! And my workplace is very supportive, allowing me to work 4 days a week instead of 5.

I’m happy with the plan. I thought ‘outside the box’ and decided if I wasn’t going to be intellectually stimulated at work, I could go back to university and work myself towards a Phd!

I hope you find a comfy balance!!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 1070
   Posted 4/19/2010 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
The grass is always greener in another job and a job in hand (with health benefits) is worth two in the bush (without benefits) if you are in the USA.

I used to change jobs often. As I got older I have forced myself to stick with my current job so I could build up retirement benefits. I realize now that part of my job surfing was due to ADD. That said: I enjoyed the variety of experiences. In the current economy though, look closely before you leap and then go for it after you have checked it all out. good luck.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with FunGuy here. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row first before making that jump. In other words, I would stay with this job until you find another one. Because this is a tough economy and alot of folks are looking for work right now and you are going to have alot of competition for any jobs you apply for. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 1810
   Posted 4/19/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I dunno, a job with great bathrooms, that's what I call a real benefit (perk)!!! lol... I have to pass by others, so it can be so embarassing. Luckily, it is a woman. You will have to decide these things for yourself. Like others said, just be up front about having crohn's and make sure it is a good job with good benefits in this economy. Good luck. I can totally relate because I am doing the same thing right now. I basically like what I do, but the hours and demands are horrible. They never told me I would have to travel a LOT for my job, cover several counties besides my own. I had to get up at 4:30 this weekend to work and got back home at 7 pm. I am job hunting but am limited because we have to stay in a certain radius because of my husband's job. That really limits my job possibilities, so I am stuck. He carries the health insurance too. So, I hang in there and count my blessings. Because of my flexible hours, I can come in late when my stomach is bothering me and that's worth a lot. If I had a job where I had to clock in early in the a.m. I think I would have been fired by now or forced to take a job with 2nd shift.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis location: sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid
claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 769
   Posted 4/19/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the disabled bathroom at my work. It's all on its own. A godsend!
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, October 21, 2016 11:50 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,709,545 posts in 298,819 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 153337 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, ermagreco.
337 Guest(s), 15 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Chapelle, 3HumpedCamel, rowingmom, compiler, Serenity Now, Scaredy Cat, smlafleur, reminder, getting by, ravdeep, gabybee, ks1905, Ziggs, Traveler, Amy C33

Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer