Disability Retirement: Injured worker @ 35
(Seattle Wa. USA)
Hello, I am Glen. I was injured at age 35 in the construction trade. I had a couple back surgeries over two years and wasn't able to return to work. Or so I thought.
I gained over 100 pounds over the next ten years, depression and isolation, I'd guess.
So anyway after a 10 year battle of Dr visits, I was awarded full pension. At the time, I thought it was a blessing.
Skip forward to today - I'm 49, I've lost the 100 lbs plus 28 and am in good health.
My wife works full time, my last child at home will be going to college soon, and I'm feeling trapped, lost and very much alone.
I haven't worked in so long I don't think I could go back to my old trade and worry if I do I'd never be able to build retirement funds.
Lets face it I'm hitting 50 in a few months so joining the work force and building 401k don't seem like it would do much good at this point.
I try to keep busy I'm a avid outdoorsman and have done some volunteer work but am going to state when the alarm goes off for the rest if the household in the mornings it's like a gut punch.
Bottom line: in my travels of early disabilities retirement, it's a lonely road.
If I could have a redo I'd have refused the pension...
Lonely in Seattle