Necie Edwards posted an update 1 month ago
How to empower women with a chronic illness; mind, body and spirit.
1. How to manage chronic illness in the workplace
2. Emotional challenges
3. Spiritual Challenges
4. Legal Considerations – What You Need to Know
5. How to document
6. How much should I disclose about my health
7. How much information should you provide to your co-workers and employer about your disability
8. How to become your own Health Advocate
9. How to live your best life in spite of pain
10. How to manage chronic pain holistically without the use of prescription drugs
How to manage chronic illness in the workplace
1. Acceptance (Be honest with yourself.)
2. Find a balance between work and health
3. Be mindful about disclosing your diagnosis
4. Be Prepared
5. Know Your Rights
6. Look out for yourself
7. Don’t allow fear of losing your job control your emotions
8. Discern your thoughts are they positive or negative?
9. Develop positive affirmations
10. Create a vision board about what you would like to see occur in your life
1. As worker, it takes huge toll as you are trying to perform at a high level.
2. Your physical challenges may get in the way of the high
performance you know you are capable of
3. You may fall short, and then stress over performance
4. Stress in general
5. Social isolation…b/c you fear disclosing your phi to colleagues,
6. Fearful it will be used against you
7. Stress about missed workdays … threatening job security
8. You work longer hours because you don’t feel
9. well and are trying to stay current on your job duties and responsibilities.
10. Family does not understand what you are going through
11. Employer and colleagues don’t understand or care about your challenge
1. You wonder if God is listening because it seems as though he has stopped speaking to you.
2. Missed church attendance may cause others to question your faith.
3. Why am I suffering?
4. Does God hear my cries?
5. Suffering equips us to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
6. Suffering gives us compassion for others who are hurting, enabling us to minister
7. Loss of hope
9. The church sometimes states you have sinned which is why they are ill.
10. Even if you can’t figure it out God has already worked it out.
Legal Considerations – What You Need to Know
1. What Is a Serious Health Condition Under the FMLA?
2. Not every illness or ailment counts as an FMLA-qualified serious health condition.
3. inpatient care
4. incapacity for more than three days with continuing treatment by a health care provider
5. incapacity relating to pregnancy or prenatal care
6. chronic serious health conditions
7. permanent or long-term incapacity, and
8. certain conditions requiring multiple treatments.
9. Conditions that are not covered
10. How to apply for FMLA
11. How does FMLA provide job protection?
How to Document
1. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed, you will likely find it necessary to seek an attorney to represent your interests
2. Your personnel file. If you claim that you have been harassed or discriminated against at work, your attorney will need to develop an idea of your employment record. For example, he or she will want to know if you have had a number of disciplinary warnings or if you have received poor performance evaluations. This information will be contained in your personnel file. If you do not have a copy of your personnel file, your attorney will be able to obtain it from your employer on your behalf.
3. ____Your employee handbook or company policies. Again, if you have experienced discrimination or harassment while at work you may be able to provide your attorney with ammunition to fight your claim. A number of employers have employee handbooks that they distribute to their employees. Many times, these handbooks contain an anti-discrimination or anti-harassment policy. Other employers may post anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies in common areas of the workplace, such as the locker room or lunchroom
4. ___Diary or journal entries. Many people may find it helpful to keep a written log of any repeated incidents of discrimination or harassment they experience. The diary entry could include information such as the date, time, and location of the discrimination or harassment, in addition to a brief description of the offensive or illegal act and the names of any witnesses’ present.
5. ____Your pay records. If you have experienced lost time from work as a result of harassment or discrimination (whether or not that improper behavior is taking place in your workplace) you should provide your attorney with copies of your pay records. If you are successful in proving your claim your attorney may be able to recover your lost wages as damages. To prove your loss of income, you will need to show proof of the difference between your earnings before the discrimination or harassment started, and your earnings afterward.
6. ____Physical evidence of the discrimination or harassment. It is absolutely essential that you provide your attorney with any physical evidence you have of the discrimination or harassment. For example, if an inappropriate or vulgar picture was left on your desk at work, keep the picture and provide it to your attorney. No matter how upsetting you may find a piece of evidence of discrimination or harassment, it is important that you keep it. It may be one of the best ways to prove your case.
7. ____Mental health records. If being the victim of discrimination or harassment has caused you to seek mental health treatment or counseling, your attorney will need to know that information; it may also affect your entitlement to a recovery of damages. If you do not have these records, at least be able to provide your attorney with the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of your counselors or doctors.\
8. ____Medical records. If being the victim of discrimination or harassment has caused you to develop a medical condition, such as high blood pressure, your attorney will also need to know this information for the same reasons that she needs to know about your mental health condition. Again, as with your mental health records, if you do not have a copy of your medical records you should at least provide the names and contact information to your attorney.
9. ____Witness information. If there were witnesses to any of the alleged incidences of discrimination or harassment, your attorney will find it beneficial to have a list of their names and contact information
10. If you didn’t document, it didn’t happen.
11. If you’re going to complain, always use your personal email address because you have no right to the contents of an employer issued email address should you be fired. \
12. Follow up with an email to whoever you spoke with and say, human resources or senior executive outlining exactly what happened and what you feel was either discriminatory or retaliatory or harassing.
13. Recording conversations secretly.
How much should I disclose about my health
1. Do you wonder whether a health issue should be disclosed?
2. Do you tell your boss all the details or keep your chronic health status secret?
3. Get Legal and Financial Advice
4. In a work environment, you need to assume that anything you choose to disclose to anyone (even if you ask them not to share due to privacy) will be repeated to all senior management and documented by human resources. Again, the professional obligation is to the company, not the employee.
5. Workforce accommodations
6. Communicating only the absolute minimum amount of necessary information when and if an issue arises.
7. Information can be potentially used against you
8. Perception as being someone whom can’t get the job done due to chronic illness
9. Possibility you may be discriminated against due to your illness
10. Job opportunities and interviews
How to become your own health advocate
1. Understand how your health insurance works.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
3. When to seek a second, third or fourth opinion
4. Researching your illness to get informed
5. Writing down questions you want to get answered as they come up
6. Beginning the process of tuning into your body (through meditation, journaling, food diary analysis, mindful breathing) so you can accurately convey symptoms and feel more connected to what’s going on in your body
7. Assembling a care team that wants to work with you and foster your empowerment. Don’t be afraid to make changes if you don’t feel supported by your health care providers, it’s meant to be a two-way relationship.
8. Bring a family or friend with you to your doctor appointments
9. Choose a doctor you can talk to
10. Research doctors
How to live your best life in spite of pain
1. Be resilient
2. Accept your limitations
3. Seek out a support group specific to your condition.
4. Set daily mantras/affirmations
5. Meditate your way to less pain and better sleep
6. Reconcile the life you want with the life you have.
7. Stay connected and nourish your relationships with family and friends.
8. Put yourself on your to do list
9. Think about what you can do to improve your situation, and then do it.
10. Mindset – governs a lot of things… determination, won’t give
11. up, keep pressing on
12. Know thy self – strengths and weaknesses
13. Manage Your Energy envelope – pace yourself, figure out
14. best times of day for you, take breaks
15. Practice total selfcare
16. Have a trusted ally [at work, but at least outside of work]
17. Have a mentor outside of work
18. Networking groups can be a great resource [to find
19. mentors etc.]
How to manage chronic pain holistically without the use of prescription drugs
4. Essential Oils
5. Floatation Tanks
6. Warm water pools
9. Chinese Herbalist
10. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy