Trying to hold down a job when you have a chronic illness is tough. Employers often don't understand the special needs and considerations a person with a chronic illness has and fellow colleagues can be less than sympathetic. So, not only do you struggle with the illness itself, but you also face the added demands and pressures in your job which can make the illness worse. It's such a tough situation because, very often, there is no choice but to work. You need the income!