When suddenly faced with a life threatening illness, such as cancer, your mind and body begin to reel. You waffle between hope and despair, acceptance and denial, happiness and sorrow. Your impending future may often be in limbo and there are many times that you just simply feel like throwing in the towel. With the help and support of friends and family, hopefully those days are far and few between.
The most difficult part of living with a chronic cancer, one that never is “cured”, is the change in your daily lifestyle. It really takes quite an adjustment, one that I fight every day, to simply accept the fact that life can no longer be lived the way that I lived it, prior to my diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Living with CML fits into the disability criteria. I am not certain what determines whether one person with CML is approved for disability while another person is denied, but I personally know someone that was denied disability benefits and she is probably one of the sickest, most disabled CML “friends” that I know. She struggles from constant illness, as she is a teacher; meaning that she is constantly exposed to many, many germs! She has also suffered greatly from side effects of her CML medication and been hospitalized many times.
As a person with chronic myelogenous leukemia, you can apply for disability benefits on your own, or you can request the help of specialists; people that know all of the ins and outs of helping you to receive disability benefits. If you are in need of assistance, to gain access to your disability benefits, you can learn more here.
Best of luck to all you CML’ers out there, and to anyone else suffering from a debilitating disease.