Have you studied beyond school? If so, how did you balance study, personal and CF responsibilities?
I did study after grade 12. I did a Diploma in Performing Arts and a Diploma in Screen & Media. Aside from some emergency bowel surgery, balancing everything was reasonably straight forward as I was healthier at those times.
Do you work and if so, how many hours per week?
I work in a couple of different lines of work. Depending on what’s happening at those jobs I work between 10 – 30 hours a week.
When did you tell your employers about your CF?
I didn’t tell my main employer that I had CF until about a year after I started working for them.
How did you and your employee address the need for time off for treatment?
I live a fairly flexible and free lifestyle, so I’ve always chosen jobs that offer that. Everyone I work for are very understanding about my situation.
Have you got any tips for the young CFs looking for a job?
My advice to anyone with CF about finding a job is the same as what I would say to someone without CF, do something that will give you lots of enjoyment, immense satisfaction, a huge pay check or enough of a combination of those things and it will be worth it, because getting the best “bang for buck” is very important, especially if you have a chronic illness.
What would the older you like to tell the younger you?
If I bumped into the younger version of myself I would mention that I should start sooner, because people’s opinions aren’t facts, I’m going to do it anyway.
What are few things you would love to be able to do in the future (i.e. climb Mt. Everest, meet Ellen, learn to juggle)?
Things I’d like to do in the future….. anything!