There Are Significant Limitations When Becoming Disabled for Any Reason.

To become disabled due to cancer is yet another addition to the numerous list of limitations and changes that this disease has caused. In my stage IV breast cancer journey, my cancer metastasized from my left breast to my brain cerebellum. Labeling me a stage IV breast cancer patient. My lymph nodes were uninvolved and not effected. However, my thoughts of fear, anxiety, and depression were affected! I had to fight negative thoughts to maintain a positive outlook.

Brain surgery can change your personality. A study by National Library of Medicine found affect anger, mood, and irritability affecting surgery survivors. They also found that others who know these survivors, described the survivors as having personality changes affecting, irritability, impulsivity, moodiness, inflexibility, and being easily overwhelmed.” Another NIM study showed that change is due to the part of the brain affected. The portion of my brain that was affected manifests in balance, gate, speech, automatic gross and fine movement skills. One area affected is no better than any other. You need your whole brain working with no lapses. You have to play the hand you were dealt, and you will. It’s all about adjusting to your new normal and tweaking your lifestyle.

Living with a disability is also expensive. It can require spending on medication and frequent health care visits, a wheelchair-accessible device, an in-home personal assistance, adaptive gadgets and clothing, along with the usual costs of daily living. This increases costs for those that can’t afford the things needed for this lifestyle. Living with serious illness worsens financial stresses.

Fortunately, there are limited perks that can help. The perks will not replace your wholeness. Be thankful that you are receiving any help or discounts.

Limited Perks
Fortunately, there are limited perks that can help. The perks will not replace your wholeness. Be thankful that you are receiving any help or discounts.
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Limited Perks

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Limited Discounts on Entertainment
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Financial Support Groups
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Eligibility for SSA
When my son visited me (my ex-husband sent me away sick with stage IV breast cancer -get my book for clarification Praying for Hope when it’s Hopeless). I used every perk I could get. I went everywhere I could use my disability discounts. I would not have been able to afford any activities without disabled discounts.
On my son’s two visits, we went to museums, exhibits, plays, tourist spots, space and science centers, local aquariums, sporting events, and more.
We Didn’t Mourn My Loss.
Instead, We Created Memories!