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3/26/13 4:26 P

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In order to retire young and manage my mulitple arthritis issues, I had to learn to live on alot less and it's not that hard if you shop all the sales, eat what is in season and on sale, clip and use coupons .. buy less clothes and shop at good thrift stores if need be. Even learning to use less hydro energy around the house helped cut the electric bill.. all small, but it sure helps... even keeping a shopping list and making less trips to the grocery store.

Reached goal weight 112 lbs November 23, 2012


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3/26/13 8:26 A

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I am not currently on disability. I have heard that it's going to take many years and even some lawyers getting involved to even get them to take my application.

That being said, I'm in the process, but I am on Employment Insurance and I work part time. Whatever money that I don't make, EI sends me a cheque. It's not going to work this way forever, but it helps.

What has been your experience with disability?



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8/30/12 3:48 P

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I used to be a college professor. I stopped working for about a year during the worst part of my illness. Now I work online from home, developing and correcting high-stakes academic exams in an area related to my expertise.

Fibro was not what caused my disability. I am really I am at the point now where I could physically go back to teaching as long as I keep my hours somewhat reasonable. Unfortunately I had to move to a remote location to be closer to family when I was sick, so I am currently in a place where their aren't any colleges or universities.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba


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8/28/12 2:08 A

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There's one person on here that I know of who makes handcrafted jewelry... Me, my energy is spent mostly on dealing with my other illnesses, since the fibromyalgia is secondary to some life-threatening disorders that have to take priority... the fibro certainly makes things a lot more trouble! LOL

I am TRYING to get back into painting again. The end results may or may not be lucrative, but it will give me something to fill the days...
Kathy emoticon emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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8/22/12 9:13 A

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Hello fellow fibromites!

I've been on disability for almost 4 years now. I appreciate the check every month, but my husband recently had a pay cut and I'm trying to figure out what else I can do to try and bring more money in to pay bills, etc.

Have any of you come up with some way to make extra money? I guess it would have to be something "tax-free", but I"m not sure what that is. I dog sit here and there, but lost a lot of clients when I had a terrible flare over spring break last year and turned down 3 jobs.

I'm just curious to see what you all of you creative people have come up with. All ideas welcome!

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