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I’m early forties and had both knees replaced almost a year and a half ago. I’ve had problems with my knees and arthritis for all of my adult years and also have vitiligo which is a mentally devastating skin disorder, I have been an industrial electrician since I was old enough to start working, and suffered every day of my life with my problems. all the doctors would do for my knees was the injections and they quit working after a while. so finally my doctor said that I needed knee replacements, so i got them, the only good that it done was gave me stability in my knees and stopped them from hurting when i sit down. they used to hurt me 24/7, anyway I still am not able to stay up on them for any length of time. the arthritis has spread all over and it’s almost impossible for me to get out of bed in the mornings and after I get up and move around for a minute, it will ease off, then when I sit down for about 15 or 20 minutes, I have to start all over again. also I have social anxiety due to my skin disease, and don’t like going out in public any more than necessary. The judge denied my disability claim and said I could work a sedentary job and there is no way I can hold up to a forty hour a weak job no matter what it is and besides that, there isn’t anyone that would hire me in the shape I’m in. I don’t dictate my pain, it pretty much dictates me, but I’ve appealed my case so I guess I’ll see if it does any good. thank god I had a little money stuck back, and my wife works. Still doesn’t keep up with the cost of living, especially when I have a 14 year old daughter. I know my story is not as bad as some, but it will probably get that way if I get denied again.

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  • George January 10, 2013, 5:46 pm

    I have seen plenty with disabilities working at the local grocery stores. Some can barely walk, limp to one side, a leg will drag when he walks, plus I have seen some mentally challenged sacking groceries AND some with the skin disorder you mentioned. Maybe you should try a local grocery store as these other brave individuals have done.