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Money and such

#1

Hi,

The main thing I have noticed since my diagnosis over 20 years ago is that my lack of attending work on a regular basis translates into not enough money at the end of th month. I am sure this is not unnoticed by most of us who suffer with sz. I do not know the answer except perhaps attending work more often.
Yet that simple solution seems beyond my grasp. I am told that I do well for a patient with my diagnosis yet I do not feel particularly successful when my bills are due.

Zaphod

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#2

What are your major obstacles to attending to work regularly? Can you figure out what can help you to attend to work better?

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#3

what is it that you work as? is it easy

i was just wondering because i like to know what other people are doing to weigh up whether i can do it or now

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#4

Yes, it can be a problem. But, learning to “live on a dime” is not impossible. It is quite a discipline. Get to know the people who know where the good deals are - other people who are living on social security and social workers should be able to help. Good luck.

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#5

hi,

I should mention that I have worked the same job for almost 28 years. I guess that part is good for me. And I have gone through all the hoops my employer wants me to for accomodations and such at work. But I still miss a lot of days.
I have an anxiety problem on top of my sz diangnosis and it is hard to control.
I do shop at dollar stores and similar discount stores to get by financially.
I have also managed so far at least to own my own home. I just do not feel that secure with the ups and downs of my finanaces.

I have given up owning a car and take the public transportation to work and back. I can retire in about 5 years if i want to. I am in fifties now.

For those who wanted to know I am an inside postal worker.

Maybe I overreact but I have to deal with this situation the best I can I guess.

Zaphod

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#6

i have to say well done for holding down a job for 20 yrs :slight_smile: i think that is a tremendous accomplishment,
i only managed 4 years of work before diagnosis and for the last 10 yrs i have been unemployed :frowning:

i would love to hold down a job that i enjoyed and pay my own way, i hate having to rely on the government for handouts. so well done to you :trophy:

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#7

Hi zaphod,
I remember you from the old days. I was retired by the government after 14 years in 1996.
But I eventually got a lower stress job that I’ve held for 15 years.
I hope to work 10 more as this place has been kind to me and they don’t stress me out.

I always read that sz gets better in your 50s and I think so.
Or maybe after years of suffering you figure out how to deal or they just get tired of you…

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#8

Hi katwomansz,

I remember you from the old days as well. I think I got online for the first time
about 1994 and shortly after that I discovered this site. The boards were a
different format, but it was a welcoming place to visit and discuss things that
I could not discuss with most friends or family. Nice to know that you are still
around.

zaphod

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