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Living With a Chronic Condition and Working

When you live with a chronic condition, it can affect every area of your life, including your work. In this Living With podcast episode, hear from six Health Union contributors — Jed Finley (, Jaime Holland ( and, Hess Polanco (, Kerrie Smyres (, Simon Lord (, and Kelly Mack ( — on how a chronic condition or a life-changing diagnosis has impacted their work.

Living With is a podcast by Health Union that explores what it’s like to live with a chronic condition. Contributors to Health Union communities share how they cope with trying symptoms and treatments, as well as how their daily lives are impacted by their health conditions. Their courage and resilience are inspiring, offering wisdom that transcends dealing with health issues and gives insight on how best to deal with any kind of challenge.

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This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • Lisa Marie Basile moderator
    1 month ago

    I really appreciated this podcast. What a listen. It really, genuinely made me feel not-crazy. Especially appreciated the nitty-gritty parts on money (and crazy insurance) and triggers by stress. Hess Polanco put it so well when he said that stress is such a factor in chronic illness; for me, when I got stress down, my pain diminished…so thank you for this diverse look at everyone’s POVs.

  • EmilyD author
    1 month ago

    Thanks for listening, @lisamariebasile! I’m glad it resonated with you. While work provides many people with a sense of purpose and a way to contribute, it can be so challenging when you’re living with a chronic condition. And you’re definitely not crazy for having similar feelings. ~ Emily

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