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I'm Not 'Lucky' To Be On Disability Benefits Due To Fibromyalgia

Monday 27 January 2020


From The Mighty (via Yahoo! Lifestyle):


Painting of sad, tired woman
Painting of sad, tired woman.

I'm Not 'Lucky' to Be on Disability Benefits Due to Fibromyalgia

By Angelique Gilchrist
The Mighty
January 26, 2020
© 2020 The Mighty and Yahoo! Lifestyle.

Many people think when you are on disability, you are fortunate. In fact, they will come out and say to you, “Oh you’re so lucky to be on disability, you don’t have to work and you still earn an income. What more could you ask for?” Well, let me tell you how very, very wrong you are.

I have been on disability now for 10 years. Prior to that, I had a job I thoroughly enjoyed. It kept me busy and it kept me socializing. I really enjoyed my job. Obviously there are always times when you have bad days at work, no denying that, but on the whole, I really enjoyed my job.

Then came the point where my doctor said that he was sorry, but there was nothing more he could do for me as I had debilitating fibromyalgia. His recommendation was that I get medically boarded. He then gave me a report confirming that I am to be medically boarded. I then had to claim disability through my insurer as I was covered for income disability. This was no easy process, but it was approved.


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