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Your Best Work

Depending on the type of job you have, you may find it difficult to continue to work at the same pace you did before being diagnosed with lupus, or to continue to work at all if you’re experiencing high levels of pain and fatigue. This can be frustrating; besides providing an income, work can provide structure to your day, a feeling of accomplishment and opportunities for social time with co-workers.

These days, many jobs allow for flexibility in work hours and location. If you feel well enough that you want to continue to work, you may want to consider the option of working from home on occasion.

Flexible hours or work-from-home schedules may not be possible with certain jobs (teaching, for example). Some people living with lupus have had to think differently about their jobs or careers because they found it difficult to fulfill their responsibilities. As disappointing as this may be, it may not mean that you have to stop working altogether. Many people living with lupus have been able to find jobs in different or related fields that are more suitable to their situations. For example, a teacher could become a private tutor, and hold sessions in her home. Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens.

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