Personal stories about 'Work'

Anne, one of our fabulous volunteers created an article on how EDS has affected people’s working life. Anne explains best why:

My working life has been entirely shaped by EDS. As different parts of me have broken down over the years I have shifted from one career to the next to accommodate my new limits. In the modern world where your ability to work not only impacts you financially but challenges your identity, social integration and mental health too, how do other people with EDS cope? What do we do when we can no longer do our chosen career? Here is a selection of experiences, including my  own. – Anne

28th July 2021

You haven’t lost who you were

Ruth's successful career in performance music was lost due to her chronic EDS symptoms but a change of approach and an enviable positive outlook has enabled her to enjoy music in a different way

28th July 2021

Life is not merely surviving, we need meaning and purpose

Grahams story is one one of accepting that change had to come but also thinking outside the box to ensuring your life beyond work, is a fulfilling and rewarding one

28th July 2021

A better life through helping others

Cassandra talks about the challenge of being able to earn a decent living around fluctuating pain and energy levels, which often affect her mood and motivation. Through a journey of depression, she explains how she has arrived in a place where helping others develop and achieve their goals has helped her achieve a happier life

28th July 2021

Breath for no more than 99 Words

Liz talks about how a sudden decline in her health at 40 forced her to rethink how she worked and ultimately to the publication of her amazing book '99 Words', which features contributions from the inspirational people such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

23rd July 2021

Finding the right type of job

Marcia talks about how she has had to change the way she works and that it took time for her to discover the right type of job that was suitable for her condition, whilst staying within an industry she finds rewarding.

15th July 2021

A journey through work and volunteering

Anne talks about the challenges she has faced at work and about here journey into work and volunteering that is suitable for condition

1st July 2021

An exciting career but just not the one for me right now

Lauren's story about leaving a career she had always dreamed off was was difficult and sad but ultimately the change dramatically improved her physical and mental health