Working After Lung Transplantation
I recently wrote a column about gaining employment with Pulmonary Fibrosis News and how it is a job that fits my current needs. I held various jobs over the course of my adult life, and my last position as a peer coach in a large urban school district was the most fulfilling of my career. After my lung transplant, I could no longer work in a school and the requirements of my position stated I had to physically be in the building I was assisting. Despite not being in direct contact with students, the potential for infection was exponentially higher if I would remain in the peer coach position due to exposure of various buildings and offices. Due to my health, I was forced to take a disability retirement from a position I was truly happy with.
When I stumbled on the columnist position at Pulmonary Fibrosis News, I felt like I should give it a try. In the dual positions I hold, I am considered a freelance employee who works remotely from home. This job fits my needs right now. I get to advocate for two causes I believe in: pulmonary fibrosis and lung transplantation. All of the occupations I have held in my adult life were considered to be positions where I was able to offer assistance and leadership.
While suffering with the symptoms of IPF and undergoing transplant evaluation I worked, but I needed a powered scooter to perform my job duties. I was not ambulatory except for about 20 feet. Going to work was a difficult process but it helped me feel normal despite my circumstances due to IPF.
Have any members been given accommodations to perform their job requirements?
If you have had a lung transplant, were you able to return to work in the same position?
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