14 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be Unable to Work Due to Illness
For many of those in the chronic illness/disability community, health conditions prevent them from being able to work. While it can absolutely be challenging to hold down a job while battling an illness (or several), not working can also come with its own set of difficulties, ranging from emotional to social to financial.
A lack of understanding about what it’s really like to be sick/disabled and unemployed has unfortunately led to many harmful misconceptions: Some may see the unemployment as a “vacation,” while others accuse folks who receive government assistance of trying to get a “free ride.” This is not just inaccurate, but hurtful.
The reality is that many of those who are unemployed due to health issues may struggle to make ends meet financially (the cost of appointments, medications and treatments can quickly add up), and this can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. People may also struggle with a loss of identity, purpose or sense of accomplishment – all of which a job can provide. Socially, it can be difficult to not work with or be around others each day. Staying home by yourself all day may be nice for a day or two, but it can easily become lonely or boring. Not to mention all the physical symptoms you have to cope with every day!
It can be incredibly hard to lose the ability to work. But if you find yourself in this boat, know you’re not the only one. If humor helps you cope with the challenges of not working due to chronic illness, these memes are for you. Hopefully some of these will bring a smile to your face or, at the very least, remind you that you’re not alone.