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    How do I find a job? It's a "Catch 22." I need a job to earn money and insurance to continue my doctors' visits and teeth restoration. Can't get a job because of my appearance with no teeth. Do not qualify for SSI or Disability because my cancer has not reappeared.

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    Side Effects (Other): Side effects include dry mouth, eating problems, appearance changes, etc. My sickness caused me to be unemployable and I was not granted Disability insurance. I hired a lawyer and got my old job back for a year until my employer of almost 10 years, found another reason to get rid of me. After severance pay, I exhausted my Unemployment pay because I've been unable to get a job. I think there are many reasons I'm not hired: I speak differently, appear ill and unable to do the job, am elderly, etc.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Hated radiation treatment and how it imposed on my son's life since he took me everyday for six weeks. It was a long drive. I felt vain and needy when I complained. Because of radiation my teeth rotted. I had them pulled after selling stuff for the fee. Now I have no funds for replacements and I feel ugly and useless.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Pain medicine): I did not "do well" with chemotherapy. Type was changed and schedule shortened due to a persistent blood problem. Spent needed money on anti-nausea, etc. drugs I was told not to take. Store would not reimburse me. Took pain medication through stomach tube and then orally. After two years, I still take Methadone.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I purposely did not want to know what to expect and did little research. Did not take advantage of befriending someone who had been through what I was about to do. Being extremely healthy and pain free for most of my life, I foolishly assumed I'd return to that life.

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    Decision Point (Whether or not to go through treatment): Because my life was, and still is, not much to brag about, I weighed the benefits of having treatment. I'm basically a loner after being divorced and ostracized. I have no "big" career. I have children who I see often but they seem disinterested in me and I get the feeling they do things because "it's expected" of them. Also, I have limited finances and told the surgeon this. His reply: "Your insurance will pay." WRONG!!