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#1 rubydoo

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:38 AM

Hi everyone out there in scleroderma land,

Haven't posted for a while as been having technical problems with laptop which have now been resolved. I am very pleased to say that I have now been officially retired from NHS on grounds of ill health. YEAH me. It is such a relief as I have struggled and juggled for a long time working 30 hours a week, looking after 4 children on my own and battling with lung, joint, muscle, stomach and skin probs plus overwhelming fatigue. I know that others have had to really fight for their retirement but it has been a very simple and straightforward process for me thankfully. My managers have been incredibly supportive. Now I just have to get used to calling myself a "retired nurse" and look forward to planning the rest of my life. Got along "to do" list some of which will be easy and some a little trickier, but as they, say where there's a will there's a way. First on to do list is champagne cocktails with best mate tonight and then book holiday some hot and relaxing with kids, Yippee!
Warm wishes to everyone
Helen

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

Hi Helen,

Well, I'm really pleased for you that you've successfully managed to get retirement from work, :emoticon-congratulations: although obviously it's a shame that it's because you've got Scleroderma. It must be such a relief for you.

Amanda was also able to obtain early retirement and I expect she'll be along soon to congratulate you.

Today is now the beginning of your new life and may it be very happy and fullfilling!! :emoticons-yes:

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:33 PM

Hello Helen

I love telling people I retired at 40! Thankfully it was an easy process for me also although it took 8 months for them to decide. Given the current economic climate I am pleased to be getting my occupational pension now because who knows whether it would be available in 20 years!

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#4 rubydoo

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:03 PM

Hi Amanda

Of course the main consideration for early retirement is your health but I so agree that in this day and age we are very lucky to have some financial security from our occupational pension. Who knows what age we will be when we get our state pension!

Helen

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

Hey Helen, there's also the somewhat morbid although realistic for some of us consideration that we won't make it to 60-65 years of age to collect our occupational pensions!

I recently found out that 2 years ago my life expectancy was just 2 years so quite relevant really! Thankfully my life expectancy is now way beyond that after implantation of a biventricular ICD. Ironically 2 years ago they wouldn't tell me a time limit on my life expectancy even though I asked!

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

Hi Rubydoo

So glad you have managed to finally get your Ill Health Retirement through. It sounds as though you had a rough time juggling job, home and disease, with its accompanying fatigue.

I worked for the County Council until two years ago - can't believe it's been that long(!) and it seems amazing how long I managed to work, considering the joint pain and fatigue. The Occupational Health route was the only way I could get anyone to take notice of my Scleroderma/Sjogrens/spinal spondylosis problems and I was eventually ill health retired, after I had jumped through all the hoops put before me. A very stressful time but patience won out in the end.

Congratulations, you must be so relieved. There is life after work! Hope you are able to relax and enjoy your family and rest when you need to.

With best wishes
Sue :emoticon-congratulations: :emoticons-line-dance:

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Hi Helen,

Congratulations on your "retirement", but I am of course sorry that it is due to scleroderma. Now you will embark on a new phase of life, and it sounds like you are planning on making the best of it.

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