What Do Sick People Do

United States
February 26, 2007 10:30am CST
Does anyone know what it's like wanting to go to work or have a job but can't? Not because you can't find a job, or not because you don't have skill or education. But simply because you know that although you may have great days at work, you will also have days when you are too sick or in too much pain to work. Everyday people throughout the country feel this way but nobody addresses the problem. It is a problem because unfortunately some people have to work dispite their illness because they don't qualify or survive off of disability benefits. People should also realize not every sick person is old. There are some people who are very ill, but still have to manage a household. Not all people have a spouce or a partner to help with the finances. How people survive?
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@nicolec (2674)
• United States
26 Feb 07
It's always difficult for some people. My boyfriend can not work due to an injury sustained at work. He was a fireman and broke his back when he fell off a ladder. He's like you said, the one that would have days that are so painful he wouldn't be able to work. He lives off of disability which is not a lot, but enough to cover most of his expenses. he also gets help from his family, i believe, although we never really talk about it. he spends his days taking care of his son from a previous relationship. His son is 5 and lives with the mother but the mother works full time. I think this is a noble thing to take responsibility for his son. When I first got involved with him I asked my self if I could be with a man who has very little money and no job. Nor will he ever have money. And I struggled with that. But as time went on i realized, why can't I be the money maker in the relationship and he can stay at home and take care of our kids (should we have any). I'm an independant woman that if he wants to stay home and do the laundry, go for it. We don't live together now as we are just dating. But I think if it were to move to the next level, I would most likely be the sole bread winner.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I have been struggling to hold a job because of several health problems including migraines, Crohn's disease and colitis for many years. It wasn't easy, but I did my best. After my back injury, I was no longer able to work at all. It took three years to get my disability approved. During that time, my two youngest children and I survived on three hundred dollars a month from the state. If my parents hadn't helped with housing costs we would have been on the streets. Disability benefits aren't much to live on, but looking back on where we were not long ago I am truly thankful for what we have now.
• United States
27 Feb 07
God Bless you and your kids. I was fortunate hat it only took a couple of months for my disability to get approved. I am also blessed for having my husband because you are right about disability not being too much. I know that there is a way to survive somehow. Some people just find their ways sooner than others. Then you have people like us, who do have some sort of support. My Grandmother was a big help to me before I was married. I have no clue where I'd be without her. God Bless those who have our backs!
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