In today's society, we're largely defined by our jobs. It's one of the first questions people ask each other upon meeting -- "What do you do?" The vagueness of that statement says a lot: in spite of how non-specific the question is, we all know that querent wants to know about our job.
Some of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have had to change jobs or give up working altogether. Others are able to keep plugging away, either with or without reasonable accommodation from their employers.
I left my TV news career for several reasons: fibro fog had eroded my skills considerably, the stress was making me unable to function, and I didn't have the energy to continue working and be a mother. For about 2 weeks before making the final decision, I cried every time I thought about it. I worried about finances, losing my identity, missing the social aspects of work. It was a tough decision. I'm fortunate that, as a writer and researcher, my job skills translated into something I could do from home. I know a lot of people aren't so fortunate.
Are you still working? Have you altered your tasks, deadlines, schedule, or career plans because of your illness? What job modifications have helped you? If you've stopped working, what was it like coming to that decision? How have you come to terms with it, emotionally? Take the poll, and leave your comments below!