Hi, I'm Jean James. I was diagnosed with limited systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) in January of this year. It has been a long and rocky process to get to the diagnosis, but it is good to finally know what I have and now be able to move forward towards living life as full as possible.
I used to be the IMT Analyst for the Medical Education Department at one of the hospitals in Leeds. In May of last year I was let go because of ill health and have been unemployed since then. This was very hard for me as I have always defined myself by my job and took great pride in the work I was doing. It was my role to develop new and innovative ways to deliver medical education to trainee doctors. This included website development, database building and developing e-learning packages.
I have a strong IT background. I have completed my MCSE training which means I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and I am also A+ Certified. I am a certified trainer, which led to combining my IT skills with my trainer skills to develop new ways to provide training.
I came across ISN doing a search for information on scleroderma. I was very impressed with all the information that they provide and soon started posting on Sclero Forums. It has been a great resource for me. Not only is there always updated and current information on the site, but there is also personal input from the members who have actually gone through everything I am going through now.
Because of this I wanted to volunteer to help out if possible. So I submitted my qualifications and was soon contacted to be an ISN Project Manager. I hope that all my experience and knowledge will prove useful to the site as well as give me purpose again and pride in knowing I am not wasting all my skills.
Jean James: ISN Project Manager. I used to be the IMT Analyst for the Medical Education Department at one of the hospitals in Leeds. It was my role to develop new and innovative ways to deliver medical education to trainee doctors. I hope that all my experience and knowledge will prove useful to the site as well as give me purpose again and pride in knowing I am not wasting all my skills. Posted 10/12/2011.
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