According to doctors who see PAP patients everyday, the extent to which pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) affects one’s working life differs from person to person. Many are able to work full time like before their diagnosis, but some may need to adjust their workload and perhaps work part time or even change jobs.
To many people with chronic lung diseases, being able to keep a connection to the labour market is important for their quality of life. In general, a good working life can give you a lot of positive energy which is beneficial for your overall health.
If you are in doubt as to whether or not you need to adjust your working life, you may find it useful to talk to your doctor about it. By telling your doctor about your tasks, working environment, etc., you can get an expert opinion as to whether or not you need to adjust your workload, avoid certain tasks, etc. and thereby increase your chances of keeping your job without worsening your condition.
Some prefer to talk openly with their superior and colleagues about their condition while others prefer to keep it to themselves. However, being open about your condition and the help you may need is important to maintain a good working life when you have an ‘invisible’ condition like PAP. Furthermore, it may be a relief to be able to talk openly about it.