After losing my job to illness, I had to vacate my safe home into a new one where I have more support. Unfortunately, the physical home environment is making me very ill on a daily basis.
And due to the complexity of my illness, some harmful substances used in the home are making me ill and my housemates are not at that stage of awareness to afford me accommodations. Behavioral change takes time.
Yesterday, I spent 6 hours in a car while it snowed to avoid a flare up while indoors. It's been difficult.
I've interviewed for jobs (a job offer will mean moving out on my own) but my illness and daily triggers have impacted my interview performance. Hotels, I've learned introduced harsh COVID disinfecting protocols which are sure to make me ill.
This has been a challenge to say the least. Contacts are encouraging me to explore filing for disability, but I am not ready.
What's been your disability journey? What path did you take?
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