If you’re struggling right now with working with fibromyalgia or other chronic illnesses, there is hope.
Whether you’re an employer or an employee, today’s interview will be fabulous for you. Tami is thrilled to share this interview with Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® Julie Hamilton about her new book, Chronic Illness at Work. One of the most important things about this book is that it not only helps those of us with chronic illnesses but shows companies that it’s in their best interest to support their employees.
In this episode, Tami and Julie talk about Julie’s fibromyalgia diagnosis, becoming a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, the inspiration behind Chronic Illness at Work, how supporting good employees benefits everyone involved, Julie’s favorite parts of writing her book, what it’s like writing a book with fibromyalgia, the deep emotions that came up when the book was published, how Chronic Illness at Work helps HR professionals and employers to support staff with chronic illnesses, why people working with chronic illnesses can also benefit from Chronic Illness at Work, the importance of ergonomics, exploring options for job accommodations, key facts on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Job Accommodations Network, how Julie works with employees and employers, Julie’s passion for helping other people with chronic illnesses, how you can get a free copy of Chronic Illness at Work, success stories from Julie’s clients, benefits of working with a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, and more.
Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.
About Julie Hamilton
As a former Human Resources Director, Julie Hamilton knew the resources to use, such as Family Medical Leave Act and workplace accommodations to help her with the tasks she was struggling with. She didn’t need to worry about her job when she needed to take time off for flare days or medical appointments. She went from missing two to four days per month to missing two days or less a year.
Then after relocating to Ohio, her chronic illness made it impossible for her to work. That is when she studied to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® and learned to manage her fibromyalgia. She has gone from being in 90% of her life to walking three miles a day and even participated in her first 10k. She now helps professionals who have fibromyalgia maintain their careers and regain their active social life.
Julie’s goal is to help companies create an inclusive environment for the chronically ill and assist them in implementing policies to benefit both the employee and the company. She understands what it takes to make it work and can educate the company and the employee on how this collaboration can work.
Links & Resources
- Julie Hamilton’s Book | Chronic Illness at Work : How Managers Can Support Employees with Chronic Illness
- Fibromyalgia Podcast | Episode 15: Work Accommodations For Fibromyalgia with Julie Hamilton
- Fibromyalgia Podcast | Episode 14: Using FMLA For Fibromyalgia with Julie Hamilton
- Fibromyalgia Podcast | Episode 42: Returning To Work Safely During Covid-19 with Julie Hamilton
- Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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