First things first, YOU ARE NOT BEING PUNISHED BY KARMA WITH CROHN'S DISEASE. Crohn's disease is not a punishment for anything any of us have done or didn't do. Like everyone else here, you have an extremely hard disease that most people could not even begin to fathom how hard it is to live with. You are a survivor and will continue to survive.
There has been some incredible advice given to you by all of the above members and I hope that you take heed to their promptings. I would like to help you also, but it would be good to know first what country you are in. If you are in the states and work for a company with more than 20 or 25 workers, you are protected by FMLA laws if you go and fill out the paperwork. Crohn's disease is a tricky disease to gain understanding from others due to the fact that it is typically not visible. On good days, you probably look just like anybody else and not sick. They don't see you before you come into work or when you are home sick and flaring. This is why it is so imperative that you go and fill out the FMLA forms. This will guarentee your job for up to 12 weeks a year without pay. Make sure that you apply for FMLA intermittant so that your time can be broken up over the course of a year. If you are truly unable to work, maybe it is time to file for long term disability first through your company and then through SSDI. This is the course of action that I had to take and it has been a good thing for me. I ended up first in the hospital for a month when I was diagnosed and was never able to return. I had been going through the diagnosis process and a couple surgeries for the year prior and their disability insurance and HR determined that I was a liability to come back. So, they kept me on their long term disability for a couple years and finally they paid a law firm to put me on SSDI or Social Security Disability. If you are able to afford it, you could go on FMLA now, stop working, and start the application period for SSDI. This process can take a couple years and few denials before you are approved, which is why I suggest going on your company's long term disability first. You may get lucky and get approved your first or second time applying like I was and be approved in 3 months. Don't think that you are too young because I was your age when I was first approved for SSDI. If you need any help let me know.
Post Edited (tsitodawg) : 3/19/2011 12:41:20 AM (GMT-6)