I have Endo on the bowel, had an op due another one. I also have hypothyroidism. I'm treating my conditions with prescribed medication, and surgical intervention. My question is if your health impacts your ability to work, and in turn you earnings how do you cope?
I've been working as a contract freelancer for 9 years, as due to my Endo symptoms painful periods and fatigue the full time work day tears a strip off me and by the time I get home the only thing I'm fit for is bed.
I once had a great job with a Pharmaceuticals company but they were not very understanding about the time off I needed for my Endo Op, and piled on the work ( that it took 3 people to do whilst I was away). When I returned to work following my op I quit , as my health had become my first priority.
I want to restart my career but know a full time job will wear me out. I seem to be in this cycle of doing a temp work contract of some sort for money then having 3 months off to recover.
It's like I have to sacrifice my wellbeing, sanity and health to earn dough. 3 years ago I sold my home and am living in rented and using the equity from the house sale to pay for things as the money i've been earning in a very adhoc way does not cover all my bills.
I am ambitious and want to settle into a career that I can progress in, make long term friends at work etc. The symptoms of the Endo have caused me to withdraw from important aspects of life and this has had negative consequences. If I compare today to my life 9 years ago, I owned my own place, had a partner, a great career, lovely car, holidays. My partner did not understand the illness, and just wanted me well, life does not work in such black and white terms does it! Endo is a life sentence.
I know compared to some people I just need to take life a tad more gently, however the demands of the modern workplace, the commute, and other factors just don't seem to provide a platform for keeping me well.
Today I am single, I live with my lovely little cat but like everyone I have bills that require the pay of a full time job. Has anyone found a way around this career, balanced with health dilemma? Especially with a new more understanding employer?