Hi. I just finished a telephone interview attempting to get on disability. I'm sixty and just had two buccal mucosa excisions for squamous carcinoma (cheek) and a neck dissection. Still, to my dismay, in major pain and fearing a recurrence although the corresponding sectors of lymph nodes have been removed. Previously, I had six bouts of recurring bladder cancer and after the surgeries and chemo, have been clean for five years, but still get a cysto every six months. I've had pre-cancerous lesions frozen from my lip, have incurable lichen planus in my mouth, and had my first colonoscopy six months ago in which they found eleven polyps. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel like a cancer garden and feel like it's out to get me, basically.
This, and other life factors, have led to debilitating depression and uncontrollable anxiety. They've tried me on just about every medication possible and nothing has stopped it. This affect me when I'm at home or when I work, and I have a tendency to break down several times a day. I've become increasingly negative, my co-workers notice it, and I find it hard to keep a job. Only the woman who loves me, my two cats, and a small handful of friends have stuck by me.
I'm telling you all this so you'll be aware that I'm not just someone who is trying to get over on the system. I'm tired, stressed, and often wonder if I'll make it to retirement age. I just want to be very honest in all this.
My predicament is this....I need to find a job before my entire ship sinks. My domestic partner is presently on disability and her funds are used up to pay the bills. I NEED to get back to work after having had my last job outsourced overseas. My unemployment is running out and things are starting to look bleak.
I've been told that I can work part-time - up to 19 hours per week or less, and that I can only bring home up to $850 a month if I am to avoid being labeled "able-bodied" and having my claim denied. This is really all I have....my home and my partner, and I don't want to lose either and I am willing to do my best for an employer. I just need to know the parameters and that is why I've come here. I'm sorry for the long post and sincerely thankful for any advice you might be able to give me.