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Author Topic: considering going back to work full time after all of these years  (Read 1000 times)

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Offline YinYogaGuy

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Dear Family...

I suppose I'm what's considered a long-term survivor - over 20 years and actually now at almost 52, I'm probably in better shape than I was before I was infected.  My drama filled story isn't anything new or noteworthy - I was a professional back in the day - working in NYC - got very sick and came close to killing myself with booze and drugs

needless to say the booze and drugs helped ending a whole lot of career options

Back in 1999 applied for and was approved for SSDI and have been on SSDI ever since...tried going back to school a couple of times and have considered full-time work and going off of disability more times than I can count

At only 52 and very healthy for the most part I know I could probably go back to work but I know of and have read so many accounts of horrible endings to the story of going off of disability - at first everything is great - and then it gets too much - and you're past the trial work period - and bam - SSDI when reapplied for is denied.

Anyone have any words of wisdom?  Not even sure at this point who'd hire me - I've worked part-time retail off and on over the years but nothing of any substance - certainly nothing that'd get me back into the workforce i was in before and I'd have to probably do that direction to make enough money to afford health insurance etc

thanks for listening (reading)

Offline Jeff G

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Re: considering going back to work full time after all of these years
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 06:35:54 PM »
Welcome to the forums ... LTS here as well .
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Offline mitch777

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Re: considering going back to work full time after all of these years
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 07:03:27 PM »
Hi Yin,

Another LTS here as well. (31+ years)

I'm kind of at the other end of the spectrum as far as disability is concerned. Worked all of my life but it became too much. Waiting to find out my hearing date after being denied twice. It's been a long process so far for me. Over two years.
I'm sure others will jump into this conversation that have had experiences more similar to yours. Caution will probably be mentioned more than once with good reason.

I'm glad to at least hear that you are feeling well enough to consider working even if you may end up not going through with it.  :)

Curious what you would like to be doing?

Anyway, welcome to the forums! Great bunch of people here!!

33 years hiv+ with a curtsy.


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