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Originally posted by wantsome
I came down with schizophrenia in my late teens. After a couple of hospitalizations I decided I wanted to work. I got a job and tried working for 8 years. I was never able to hold a job longer then 6 months. I spent long periods of time out of work and looking. No matter how hard I tried my illness was always getting the way and holding me back. After a long time of being unable to find work I decided to apply for disability. It took 6 years but I finally got it. It was six long borring years of sitting around broke. Sometimes I didn't leave the house for a month.
Now that I have ss disability I'm not sure how I'm going to survive on $850 a month. I'm very bitter about having to survive on this amount. When I was working I bringing in $1600 a month.
I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I know I can't hold a job and I feel like I'm forced to live as a second class citizen in the most expensive country on the planet.
I get $200 a month in food stamps. Today I was at the grocery store and the lady in front of me bought 15 cases of soda $60 worth with food stamps. Here I am eating potatos and ramen noodles every day.
I bought a truck because I need to be able to get to my doctors appointments. $300 of my check goes on gas and insurance.
I live with my grandmother right now rent free. When she's gone I have no idea how I'm going to make it on my own.