To supplement my financially inadequate disability benefits, I’ve recently made the decision to return to work, on a part-time basis. Honestly, I never could have imagined that I’d be in the position where I currently find myself today.
I have obtained my doctorate, but my multiple chronic illnesses prevent me from being able to work full-time. I was finally successful in obtaining disability benefits, after initial being denied.
Just a little more than two years ago, I was awarded full disability benefits. Since then, I’ve struggled severely financially. The stress of not having an adequate income has definitely exacerbated the severity of my chronic symptoms.
Consequently, I’ve made the decision to return to working, on a limited basis. Now, I will certainly face additional scrutiny from the Social Security Administration. I don’t want my trial period, of only attempting to work part-time, to jeopardize my social security disability benefits.
What a place to find myself in! I was just introduced to all of the staff of a nearby nursing home, where I will soon begin to provide psychological services. I have committed to only working one day per week.
When I previously lived in Illinois, I did this type of work for many years, on a full-time basis. I deeply resent that there are such strict limits on the amount of money that I am allowed to earn month, and still retain my disability benefits.
I’m a bright, well-educated, highly motivated, middle-aged woman who has multiple chronic illnesses. Nevertheless, I still appear healthy. I want to use my advanced education, and extensive experience. I desperately also need to supplement my meager disability benefits. Well, we’ll see how all of this will work out in the end.