1. I am currently searching for a new job. In the process, I’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I’ve been going through the process of trying to get a diagnosis for my ailments for quite awhile now. My current company doesn’t have very many benefits (no pto, 401k, etc.). The pay is also abysmal. However, we do seem to have really good medical insurance based on my experience vs. that of others I know. So with this new diagnosis and needing treatment, that part is a plus (even though I’m not sure of the extent for treatments e.g. infusions, so I’ll need to look further into that.). I also don’t know how a new company would react or how to even bring it up, particularly for one company that I’ve been in promising talks with. Obviously, companies can’t discriminate bc of a disability, but I know there are also biases.
2. I am really really struggling physically and mentally, and while I am looking for a new job, I really just want a break from working. We don’t have short term disability where I am now. I don’t know if I’d qualify for disability, since my diagnosis is so new (been having progressing symptoms for years now though). I don’t know if I’d even want to qualify for it. I could try to go that route and also apply for Medicaid, but I’ve heard from people that have it and also medical professionals, that people with Medicaid are treated differently (a lot of doctors don’t take, or either have a cap on, Medicaid patients; you have to fight hard for any little thing, etc.). It’s all very new, very scary, and really stressful.
I have the mind to say life is too short, quit my job, and do more of what makes me happy. Then reality kicks in. Sigh.
Has anyone else gone through similar struggles?
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