• Returned to work, post bone marrow transplant?

    Asked by VickieGelso on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Returned to work, post bone marrow transplant?

    Here are my worries. I am currently on medical disability, since 2012, after BMT done. I have just gone on medicare for health insurance after 16 months of cobra payments. I am 61. I can retire early at 62, but lose medicare. I don't think I can (physically and mentally) work a full time, 8 hrs a day job in order to get adequate insurance coverage, for the next 4 yrs. I know I am worrying early, as I have not been approved to return yet. Still on anti rejection meds, need few immunizations, but in remission and doing fairly well. My field of work is nursing, and I doubt I can go back into that environment with the stresses, (chemo brain) and germs that enviroment produces. Has anyone else faced this dilemma? I want to work, eventually partime someplace, but also must have the security of good insurance. This whole cancer thing, just screwed my retirement up. Just wondering what others have done in this scenario. Thanks, God Bless! Vickie

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Sorry for the predicament that cancer has put you in. This is another case of what I call "cancer, the gift that just keeps on giving, even after you beat it"! I am not to that place yet, but I have seen this discussed here before, someone else will have some answers for you soon. In the meantime how about checking in with the resources tab at the top of the page, or maybe call the American Cancer Society on the right side of this page is their number, ask about suggestions. They will have some ideas too. I wish you the best!

      over 4 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I don't think you will have to get off disability once you've been approved, unless you want to. Many years ago, they would re-evaluate your disability to see if you're still disabled, but I don't think they do that anymore. If you want to work eventually, I'm sure you can find something where you don't work directly with patients (and germs). There are many business needs for people with a healthcare background, as I have worked in this field. They need people who understand the medical side of things when doing analysis on medical claims data, for instance, in clinical trials. Also, many jobs will give you insurance if you only work 30-32 hours/week.

      over 4 years ago

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