I'm new to this forum having just discovered it but was hoping to hear about other people's experiences and journeys, since I don't know anyone else in person. My question today is surrounding the workplace. How do you maintain your job? What do you do for a living that you can easily work with? I've had a hard time keeping jobs because "I get sick too much" and physical pain often prevents me from common jobs in my area like manufacturing, warehouse work and retail where I have to be on my feet (and not hunched over in pain). In office and school situations I've gotten a lot of grief from peers about how I "look awful and just go home until it's better instead of coming back everyday." I haven't been able to make it through probation for the past couple jobs I've started because of limited sick days/hours and usually no protections for health until after a full hire. I've been really depressed and anxious thinking about what it means for my future if I can't keep a steady job. I read that in the UK endo is considered a chronic illness and is protected legally, but here in the US it is not considered a chronic illness and one has to fight through an application process in hopes of similar recognition and protection. I don't know what to do.