Have You Retired?

I’ll be turning 55, on May 18, 2019. I never thought that I would be struggling to even continue to work part-time at this point in my life. Nevertheless, having multiple chronic illnesses makes it extremely difficult to perform consistently as an employee, even on a part-time basis.

Each of my chronic diagnoses is characterized by a relapsing-remitting disease course. There are periods when my symptoms are relatively less severe, and there are periods when my symptoms are relatively more intensified.

Regardless of my symptom severities, I LOOK THE SAME. Of course, this reality makes it extremely challenging for others to be fully convinced that I truly feel as bad as I claim to feel.

Trust me, I’m not exaggerating how utterly hellacious it is to feel my trachea narrowing, so that I feel like I am breathing through a clogged coffee stir-stick. At my age, I might soon be eligible for retirement, given the type of position that I held.

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