I am on SSI, Curious how many others are and if you are worried about lossing it

United States
May 24, 2009 5:43pm CST
I am only 32 years old but come down with a disease that made me loose alot of eye sight. I have many interests and things I would love to do with my life, however, I am not so sure I can do it. I have been hearing that they will soon be out of money for SSI, I dont know what I will do If i loose this income. I am a single mother, and I have no help at all from the father, he doesnt even see my girl, let alone help with money. I have thought of going back to school, I love to massage people, and currently if i understand the laws here in Oklahoma, I dont have to have a licence to do it,,, as long as I dont call it massage therapy or accupressure... (which is what i do... i was trained by an accupressurest)... but i would like to be licenced.. and go to school for it so that i could know even more. I would also like to do animal massage, however. both of these ideas.. which i would combine... lol.. dont want all of my eggs in one basket kind of thing... i fear would be effected by the economy. Yes massage is an awesome help for a persons health and animals for that matter, but, i fear that it would be one of those things people would give up first. I was also a junior in college for elementry education.... but.. again... with the economy... we are loosing teachers all the time. I dont know if i should try to get some training.. or if i should worry that the social security will be gone.. another fear I have is that if i do get trained, I dont know how consistant i can be on making the money as part of my disease is horrible headaches... one i had was three months long and caused me seizures... let me know what you all think...
4 responses
• Australia
25 May 09
i think you should find a doctor you can trust and have monthly or annual check ups to see if further developments follow in the case that you can cure any symptoms of it
• United States
25 May 09
i wish it were that easy... my disease... either cures itself... or it doesnt.... there is no cure... lol.. just my luck... but... it would be good advise if not.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
24 May 09
Well if you did go for massage, the possibility of the " casual massaging " being affected by the economy is there, but if you went into the medical field and worked like in a rehab place I think you'd do well except for the worry about the head aches. No matter how bad the economy gets, most people willing to pay for their pets to get a massage will still continue to do it because they love their pets so that would be a pretty good avenue to try. You could work when you're able and keep the rates at a low enough level to where people could still afford to do it, and you could make a living. I wish you the best of luck and I'm sorry life has handed you a bad deck of cards.. all we can do is keep on rolling through the deck and try to make the best of it. Hopefully our SSI will stay but I too am scared of losing it.
• United States
24 May 09
thanks for your response. I am glad that you think it could work out for me. I have been really running it through my head lately, and I decided, I have to figure something out. I cant even afford to take my child on a simple vacation/trip... something that ment so much to me growing up and with SSI... I cant even make it through the month without having to have my grandma help me... its just a horrible feeling. lets all prey... and keep our fingers crossed that we can at least keep what little we do get.
@MsGeyen (27)
• United States
25 May 09
I receive disability benefits, I have ERSD, Lupus, and Myelofibrosis. I don't know what I would do if I lost my income. I know I would have to go back to work, luckly I do have my bachelor's degree in business management, but health wise I can not stand for very long so any kind of retail job is out of the question. I have tried working but it seems that after about a month my health started to become worse, I just could not handle if physically. I would go back to school and get as much training as I can if I were you, one thing that I have learned is that you can not worry about things you have no control over, if the social security goes away then it's gone, just try to prepare for when it does (if it does).
• United States
25 May 09
i am on it because i have a bone issue , i am only 29 , i am really not to worried about it because i dont think that it is going to go any where my 11 year old son gets it as well for his mental heath problems , i really hope for everyones sake that no one loses it . i guess the good thing for me its not my only income because my husband is working plus he has his own mr fix it thing thats going really well but these days anything could happen to anyone , the thing is i dont like taking my husband money the only time i ever touch his money is for bills and help take care of our 4 children. i use to hate the fact that i had to stop working and even get on it but i paid into it for this reason , every once in awhile i feel like a bumb and my husband yells at me for it but i am so use to working that it bothers me , the drs told me i will never be able to work again and i just cryed i felt like a part of me was missing, but anyways i am sorry about your eye sight , my mother in law is blind because she has rp and my husband is night blide because of rp so they eye drs are keeping a close eye on my children , plus my eyes are really bad i was told i would be blind by the time i turned 21 and thank god they where wrong. good luck to you and i hope everything works out for you and your daughter.