Ep 26: Anessa: Shifting Identity: Career and Chronic Illness

Season #3

 Having been diagnosed with Addison’s Disease, a rare Autoimmune Disease, Anessa Powell has dedicated her career to raising awareness and advocating for workplace inclusion through her company, AllAbility Recruiting.

In this episode, we dive deep into discussions around the experience of getting a diagnosis and medical gaslighting that so many patients experience. Plus we have an honest conversation about parenting while living with chronic illness.

Anessa also shares her tips for applying for jobs, disclosure, and knowing what accommodations you need in the workplace. 

About Anessa

Since being diagnosed in 2013 with Addison’s Disease (Primary Adrenal Insufficiency), a rare Autoimmune Disease, Anessa Powell has been dedicated to raising awareness that disabilities come in many forms.

In 2019, she began her work at the state and national levels as a patient advocate, speaking out for voices that have been traditionally overlooked in disability employment. As the pandemic changed lives in so many ways and employers began to recognize jobs can be done from home (and done well!), Anessa along with her husband, Bill, created AllAbility Recruiting where they strive to Leave No Ability Behind through disability employment, training, and consulting.

Connect with Anessa

LinkedIN: Anessa Powell

Instagram: @allabilityrecruiting 

Website: All Ability Recruiting

About Michelle Irving

A pioneer in the Chronic Illness space, Michelle Irving is the founder of Career and Chronic Illness InternationalMichelle has over 15 years experience in Mentoring and Executive Coaching for people navigating their career while living with chronic illness. Career and Chronic Illness programs include extensive, specialised content for authentic conversations about your experience and needs, developing excellent professional boundaries, managing your emotional, mental and physical capacities as well as progressing in your career of choice. Michelle's mentoring and training programs are suitable for people currently working and those returning to work after extended leave.

You can have a career chat Michelle by booking at  at

Connect with Michelle

LinkedIN: Michelle Irving


Instagram: @michelleirvingofficial

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 Music by Avy Summerlind