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Don't Get Spooked: 5 Things You Can Do to Support a Sick Co-Worker

Sick Co-WorkerThe serious illness of a co-worker can shake the foundation of a workplace, affecting the dynamics, productivity and atmosphere. People often find they are unprepared to deal with their own feelings about a co-worker's illness. They may be afraid to say or do the wrong thing. And most want to help, but aren't sure how they can. The most important thing you can do for yourself and for your co-worker is to communicate.



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Alyssa14-year-old Alyssa Krafsur was a typical preteen before she developed psoriasis. She excelled at school, had many friends and was involved in activities such as soccer and ballet. In the spring of sixth grade, Alyssa discovered tiny, itchy patches on her elbows and knees. She was diagnosed with psoriasis, given some cream and sent home.  Soon, Alyssa was covered with psoriasis—at times over 50 percent of her body. She spent nights on the floor; the cool tile was the only thing that provided a bit of relief from the burning and itching.


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