Lupus in the Workplace

Lupus is often times referred to as an “invisible illness” because many of the symptoms can’t be “seen.” This however does not make lupus any less real or painful for those affected. Just because those suffering from lupus may not “look” sick, they may in fact feel very sick. Lupus is associated with symptoms like chronic fatigue, fever, joint pain and stiffness. Many people may wonder how to manage various aspects of life when dealing with a disease like lupus, especially their career.

Lupus can make simply getting out of bed some mornings quite the feat. Adding a full-time career to the mix can make things seem daunting. When we’re lucky enough to be passionate about our career choice, it becomes our purpose, and accomplishing career goals may not be as difficult.  But we all need to earn a paycheck, and some of us may have careers that aren’t necessarily our passion, making things a little harder, especially for someone with lupus.

Try to be open with your employer about your illness.  Help them understand the struggles that you face with lupus and their understanding for different circumstances that may come up due to your illness.  This can help them be more sensitive and potentially accommodating to your challenges and needs.

It’s also important to know your limits. Know when it’s time to walk away and call it a day. If you’re the type who has always taken work home, for example, this is something that you may have to get away from. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or discuss with your employer the possibility of making reasonable adjustments to your work.

If you or someone you love is struggling to manage lupus symptoms, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at New England Research Associates. Qualified participants are closely evaluated by board-certified physicians and other medical professionals, and may even gain access to new treatments before they are available to the general public. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense. To learn more, click HERE.