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Discussion in 'Finances, Work, and Disability' started by roxie60, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

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    Its official, got the letter when returned home from counselors meeting. I am crushed. 15 lousy months from retirement. Why could I not have willed myself one more time to be able to work :cry:
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    What does that mean for you?
    Is that mean a reduced pension etc?
    I think once i have left work it would be very hard to return??
    Roxie, i hope things work out for ya soon.

    cheers!!!
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    Hugocfs Senior Member

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    It just wasn't possible. Try not to beat yourself up over it. All of us with careers fight tooth and nail to hold on as long as we can. I am sure you were the same. :(
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  4. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

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    It means a reduced pension and no pension now for another 8 years, instead of getting a small pension plus healthcare (I think) in 15 months. Thank you for the well wishes, I know it will take time for me to adjust. Ive been without income now for 6 months.
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    SOC Moderator and Senior Member

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    Oh Roxie60, I'm so sorry to hear that! This is a very cruel illness. Many of us know where you're coming from -- you hung on as long as you could. Try to be proud of that.
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    Crux Senior Member

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    It just seems criminal that they could do this. Is this legal? It certainly isn't ethical, but nor is the so-called legal system.
    This is sad news.
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  7. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    Thats no good at all. How do u survive on no income?
    Can the govt give out some type of disability pension or unemployment pension??
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    Sparrowhawk Senior Member

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    Agree with some of the posts above, you did the very best you could within the constraints of a very challenging situation. Sending strength.
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  9. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    I'm so sorry!

    Please keep calling lawyers to see if you can fight this.

    Ema
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  10. madietodd

    madietodd Senior Member

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    Well that sucks. I hope you can get disability out of this.

    Best of luck and hugs.
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  11. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    roxie60

    I agree, get a good disability or Americans with Disabilities lawyer on your side and fight this. This type of lawyer takes their fee only if they win.

    So sorry you have to go through this.

    Sushi
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    I'm sure that every time you went to work it was like running a marathon. We all hold on for as long as we can and most likely do a lot of damage to our health in the process (I know I did). I also think it is common to feel "if only I had made that extra last effort, I could have prevented this from happening". However every time you went to work, I'll bet you WERE putting in that extra effort.

    In a nutshell, you have done your absolute best and you need to recognise this...not beat yourself up over it.

    I'm so sorry this has happened to you and hope that some how you can obtain financial support. :hug:
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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Roxie, don't beat yourself up about this. If you could have made it, you would have. Is there any way you can appeal the decision? Take care.
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  14. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    How awful. So sorry, Roxie. :(

    I agree with Sushi, that getting a good disability attorney might be helpful, but for now I think it's appropriate and necessary to let the tears flow. It is very unfair what they did. Many hugs to you.
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    Sea Senior Member

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    So sorry this has happened Roxie. Definitely get some legal advice.

    Take care of yourself (hugs)
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    PNR2008 Senior Member

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    Get through the sadness then use the anger to explore your options. Talk to a lawyer(s) even think of the local newspaper or news channel. If at all possible fight this. This is unfair and they should be paying you severance so you can live while getting disability. Good Luck.
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    :( that's so unfair **hugs** . If there is anything legally you can do, I think you should try to do it. Get advice from more then one lawyer.
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    That just doesnt usually work, I know only two well. It may seem like only 15months but in fact if you were trying to work still you would of just ended up worst (likely bedbound) and probably wouldnt have made the 15mths which in ME/CFS working terms when one is pushing oneself far more then one should, it is a very long time. Maybe you could of pulled up some reserves you didnt realise you had, for a few more months but just not for 15. It was well out of your reach.

    Look kindly at yourself, you did try hard.
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    rosie26 Senior Member

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    I am sorry Roxie, it really is appalling after your having worked for them so long. !
    Hope you will be ok xx
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    Words fail.

    Just hugs right now.
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