I spent most of my formative adult years having to leave every job and opportunity that I had because I was too unwell to keep up. I’d push myself until I’d crash for months on end, leave the job, recover, try again somewhere else, and so the cycle would continue. All I wanted to do was work, to “live up to my potential”…but I couldn’t figure out how to do it in a sustainable way.
And I’m not alone. The average person spends about 35 hours a week at work, but what does that look like for people with chronic and energy limiting conditions?
For many, those hours are just not feasible, and pushing to try and work in “traditional” ways often ends up making them even more unwell. Some people are not well enough to work at all, but there are those who may be able to work small amounts, if only they had an accessible role and the support to do it.
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