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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/14/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I currently work as a freelance web designer, but now feel that its becoming to stressful and a career change is in order.

Can someone please tell me some UC friendly careers that I could go in to...


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   Posted 4/14/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
wish I could tell you one.  I have a flexible job in medical research, but I still have to be in a car to and from the job...which for me is really stressful.  My dream job would require that I don't have to leave my house....EVER.

diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
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2 rowasa enemas nightly
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 4/14/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I work at a non-profit health clinic, at a desk job, doing admin. work. I wouldn't exactly call it a "career", but it works for me. Since it's a medical facility, all my co-workers are totally understanding & supportive of my "bathroom issues" & my upcoming surgery. Plus, they've all seen me deteriorate over the past 2 years. I also find the non-profit sector to be more open-minded & tolerant overall- I've been working in non-profits/human services for well over a decade, & that field is very "OK" with people's issues. There are times when I am working at ngiht, & I have to leave the front desk to run to the bathroom, but not many. And there are at least 5 bathrooms in the whole place, which is nice. Although this Fall, my daughter will be in school full-time & I am looking to change my hours, which means a possible job change. I'm thinking either Home Health Aide, or if not that, then something totally mindless like a cashier. Which I couldn't do at this time, but after surgery I should be alright.

diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
surgery scheduled 5/7/08- perm ileo

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   Posted 4/14/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I work in social services as a manager. It's relatively low-stress because my employer tries to treat the staff as well as the clients. I've been allowed to work from home occasionally as needed - mostly back in the days when I couldn't be sure my drive to work would be "clean." I've been allowed to flex my time, and I'm always judged by my work output and outcomes rather than how many hours I'm in the office. I typically work 9 to 3, then come home and work a couple more hours from home.

Supervising people is always going to have its stresses, but my team all know about my challenges and are helpful (being social service types, of course). I also know that for me, it's a lot more stressful to have a boring job than one with some challenges.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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   Posted 4/14/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
If you could find a Web design job with a state agency or non-profit, that might be a solution. You'd still get to use the skills you have, but you'd have a guaranteed income, someone else to worry about all the finances and paperwork and a relatively low stress working environment.
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   Posted 4/14/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You should be able to apply those web design skills to a job working for someone else instead of freelancing. I would think that any desk job would be a good one for a uc-er. You would just have to figure out how to mitigate any stress you might have.

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   Posted 4/14/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think a job working from home would be best for flares, but it's often hard to find those.

What kinds of things are you into career-wise?
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv

Rot Gut
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 4/15/2008 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   

God is good!

I work as a network administrator in an elementary school of over 1200 kids and 110 employees. It's a tough job especially since we are undergoing renovation but we have 76 restrooms! I'm never more than 15 seconds away. Course in the kindergarten wing the toilets are only 12 inches tall!

Like Kids?!

Rot Gut
Left Side UC diagnosed in 1988 while pregnant with twins
Colazal, Aciphex, Rowasa, Canasa for the UC
Celebrex, injectable Methotrexate and Folic Acid for Colitic Arthropathy

Rot Gut is newly certified as a MICROSOFT Professional.
Will that be for here or to go?

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/15/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
How about one of those guys that stands in the fancy bathrooms and hands out warm towels? You're always near a nice, clean toilet! LOL. Seriously, I think I have a pretty good UC-friendly job. I work from home and set my own schedule, so I always do appointments in the afternoon, when my UC seems to be the calmest. When I'm in full-flare I don't do appts at all. From 7-11am I bring my laptop downstairs from my home office and literally sit by the bathroom and work. I got tired of walking up and down the stairs every 30 seconds! I sell a web-based corporate catering service to large companies. The only downside is that when I DO have an appointment, it's usually standing up in front of a group of 10-20+ people doing a presentation, which really leaves no room for "ah, excuse me, gotta step out for a minute." We're hiring in several cities - if you're interested, PM me for info.
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Current status: Flare

4 Lialda/day, Tapering off Prednisone (10mg), Rowasa at night, Wellbutrin XL

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 154
   Posted 4/15/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I work in web/print design and haven't had any issues. I think you need to just manage your stress better.

It all depends. i used to work 10-12 shift waiting tables in college with no problem because my mind and body were pre-occupied. I often think part of the disease in mental.
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort
40 MG Pred cycle stating 3/26

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