Disability Retirement: MS - Surrendering
by Jim, Kentucky
I am 55 years old and have been dealing with MS for 17 years. I have had the disease for at least 21 years.
I am still working, but I will not be working past this year whether, through early retirement or disability retirement. I am applying for disability retirement, but I have no idea how that will go.
I have always put my best effort into everything and I don't ask for help, but MS has worn me down. I have made the decision that I am surrendering this year.
I know that unless I quit working my health will continue to get worse. When working I don't have the time or energy to deal with things. I have sought out organizations that are supposed to help, but not comfortable with them so far.
I have considered hiring an attorney that specializes in disability claims, but have not decided. The one takeaway for me going through the disability process and dealing with MS, in general, is you must be prepared to be emotionally violated if you are a person that does not share information about your health easily.
I am one of those people and telling people how I feel and what is wrong is not something I do well.