Disability - My story

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 8/17/2005 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I am on disability for my UC and Epilepsy. yeah yeah
 I was fighting to keep my job and not go on disability.
I've had UC and epilepsy since 1979.
I'm from Canada and my employer of 30 yrs. has reccomended that I go on Disability (not my choice-fought against it for 4 yrs.and lost) through Sun Life Financial and it has been approved, it kicks in Feb/05. It might have been easier for me to qualify because I also have Ulcerative Colitis.
My employer has put me on medical retirement since April/04 with full salary until my disability insurance starts. The amount of my disability is 70% of my salary.
That's not so bad considering I am the main bread winner but thank god my wife works.
I agree that there are a lot of people out there that don't really need it but make up stuff so they can get benefits and not work. I'm only 48 yrs old  and I'm not dying (yet)so maybe someone will hire me part time since my UC and EP has been in control (remission) for years.
Randy :-) :-)

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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Date Joined Dec 2004
Total Posts : 8198
   Posted 8/18/2005 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Randy,

   I'm sorry you had to go on disability, not wanting too. I know it is hard to handle the fact that you can no longer work full-time, but hopefully like you said, you can find a part-time job.

  I have been on disability since I was 40, I'm now 47. I didn't want to face it either at such a young age. I had no choice at the time either. I have lupus, RA, Fibro and other things as well. I was put on disability for lupus and RA. I was not able to work at all because of the two diseases and what they were doing to me.

  I wish you luck with finding part-time work and trying to get part of your life back that was taken away. My heart goes out to you. I'm glad you have a good wife and family to support you through this. Take care and you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA and  Fibro 1994, Sjoren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Seizures April, 2005

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