Looking for a job (with MS) in Seattle
August 16, 2012 7:20 PM Subscribe
A recent diagnosis of MS, a year of living off my savings (no unemployment) and a need for some thoughtful advice from the hive mind. More inside.
posted by superguppy to Work & Money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for reading. I'm well-educated (two Masters) and at the moment, unemployed. I've been a teacher (HS) for the past twelve years but upon my return from an international school found myself exhausted, depressed, and unable to get out of bed some days. I was diagnosed with MS in March which, in a way, was a relief, because it meant that I wasn't just lazy and crazy. (For the last year or two I found myself falling down a lot and being totally exhausted which I considered a character flaw until my doctor figured out my diagnosis. Fortunately, I've qualified for charity care from the MS center and have started on the appropriate medication. The embarrassing part to me is that I'm really on my own. I have no close family - I took care of my parents until they passed away and my career and the caretaking took the place of my having a life for many years. For the last year, I've been living off my savings. I'm now at the point where I need to tap my IRA - the only savings I have left. I've been told that since I own a car, I won't be eligible for public assistance which, frankly, the prospect of is a big red sign that says "Shame". I am looking for a job but it's pretty tough going.
I'm looking for advice from the hive mind. I don't want to bother anyone but if you have some ideas or experience with a similar situation, I'd be most grateful for your thoughts. Thanks, Aimee
By the way, my degrees are in the following (BFA Theatre, MA Teaching secondary; MA Shakespeare studies) and my hobby is ceramics and reading, and my wished for job is in a library or in archival work - or any sedentary position where I don't have to walk around all day (I use a cane for my MS).