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I have been disabled since November 29, 1988. I have been receiving SSDI since 1990. To receive SSDI, you
Sorry but there is not much support out there from our peers. Many think we are faking our injuries because we no longer want to work. Most employers also do not believe we are disabled.
I'm still finding my way around this site, I have a permanent disability and am trying very hard to re invent myself but thats another story.
I just wanted to make a comment about peer support, there isnt much about and even on this site I saw am amazing thing on another thread. Someone with a back injury...surprise surprise..happened onto a thread about life after nursing and asked some advice of her peers..she was smartly informed she was on the wrong thread and needed to get treatment for her depression.,.. while she was probably asking the wrong people for advice...not a very impressive reaction specially when one reads the posts and sees just how many retired nurses carry injuries.
The best advice someone gave me was get good legal advice sooner rather than later. A lesson I learned the hard way is take someone to meetings with you, not only so there is a witness but also because the sad reality is the effects of medication, stress and pain make it very hard to remember exactly what was said and it is oh so easy to land yourself in real strife because you just forgot something.
I'm in Australia so I don't have much to offer about the US system, however I do know that for me the key to my survival was finding something un nurse related to occupy my mind from time to time.
It was important for me to have something which didnt reinforce my role as a broken down nurse. You have to find something which redefines you just a little. It's easier said than done but it is worth the effort.
It is 30 years next March since I sat my State Finals and first earned the right to call myself R.N so it was very strange last week talking to someone to describe myself as a historian but I guess that's what I am these days. This doesn't stop me feeling like a nurse, I'm in this forum after all but it was a funny almost liberating experience despite the fact my back's no better and all my joints creak.
Perhaps this thread just turns into a support group by default.