Secrets of People Who Can't Work Because of an Illness

The Mighty community shares the secrets most people don’t know about what it’s like to not be able to work because of an illness.

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Secrets of People Who Can’t Work Because of an Illness

“I’d rather be at work because being at work means I’m healthy again.”

“Logically I know that one good day doesn’t mean I have to ability to hold a job, but mentally I feel like I haven’t ‘earned’ the right to do the fun stuff.”

“It’s not ‘fun’ and I don’t have ‘a multitude of free time.’”

“Contrary to what some may think, surviving being in that much pain was indeed a whole lot of work – even if the reward was not monetary.

Disability is a full-time job. I’m a professional patient.

“I would love to hold down a regular job. I would like to get to the end and feel like I accomplished something rather than live day to day.”

“No one realizes that a job does more for you than just pay your bills. It is part of what gives you self-esteem.

“I’m bored out of my absolute mind. I hate doing nothing but my body is rarely up for much else.”

“The isolation from limited human interaction is heartbreaking. I feel like an expert level clinger when my husband comes home from work or I finally see a friend.

“No amount of positive thinking or appearing to do better will make me functional in a way that it is beneficial to those paying me.


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