How Do You Deal with the Negativity?
I was wondering how others deal with being disabled.
Most of the people here understand, of course, that sometimes people have good days and bad days - when I'm having a bad day, I don't leave the house and nobody sees me. On a good day, I try to get things done, like going to the store, or whatever.
I lost an $85k per year job and ended up with an SSDI benefit that is just over $22k yearly. That is about 25% of what I was making. And I LOVED my job! I enjoyed going to work and the daily interaction with my coworkers, etc. Since becoming disabled, I have had to cut back in all areas of my life. Getting by on the $22k is not at all easy. If I could go back to work, I would do so in a heartbeat!
The last couple of years have been very scary for me. I was always someone whom people came to for help. I was not used to being someone who needs help. I think about my mortality a lot, of course, and for me, the less I can do, the more depressing life gets.
Last edited by Administrator; 04-21-2012 at 02:48 AM.