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    Do you work?

    I'm just curious, how many of us work, how long have you been paralyzed, how old were you when you became paralyzed, what level are you, what did you do before your paralysis, what you do know or what do you plan on doing,is there anything holding you back from working and do you receive any kind of disability payment?

    I myself do not work, I'm a C-5, I was just about to turn 23, I've been hurt six years, I was a Ford automotive technician before I got hurt doing interior trim and electronics but trained bumper-to-bumper, at this point I want to be an inventor and I feel that I need to take classes in CAD to put my inventions on paper and actually get a job while I'm getting my inventions together, the main thing holding me back from working is worrying about losing my insurance through my mother and I do receive a halfway decent disability check.
    C-5/6, 7-9-2000
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

    #2
    I'm not paralyzed , I use a cane or walker ,I used to be a die setter /trouble shooter in a plastic factory ,I got hurt may 10 , 1985 , so it's been 21 years since I was injury, a convayor fell on me , I've 7 back operations and a total of 23 operations since my injury , I went through a couple boughts of depression but a few peole here on this site helped me with that , now I am sending out my music from my computer library 1206 songs , it helps keep me active and my mind working on something instead of just hanging here feeling sorry for myself , there are many who are worse off than I am and I realize that now ,I do take a lot of medication 16 different ones a day , but I have to stay busy and this is how I'm doing it , send me a email if you want any music . ;LBUSH I'm 50 years old
    Last edited by LBUSH49; 20 Nov 2006, 12:43 AM.

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      #3
      I work from the home doing direct sales.
      Daniel

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        #4
        I wanted to get this going again because I've been extremely bored lately and really broke.SSDI just isn't enough these days. I'm especially interested in anyone who's making money from home.
        C-5/6, 7-9-2000
        Scottsdale, AZ

        Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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          #5
          Hey Rybread

          I started to attempt to work from home. Some companies offer it in the profession I am in (Hospital biller/coder). I did however decide to get out of the house. I am a hermit anyway so working from home would have been too much. I did spend three years at home and recently went back to work this April.

          To answer your previous questions:

          how long have you been paralyzed- 18 years
          how old were you when you became paralyzed- 20
          what level are you- T12-L2
          what did you do before your paralysis- Certified Nursing Assistant working towards LPN
          do you receive any kind of disability payment- I still draw my SSDI as I am in my 9 month Trial work Period in addition to earning my salary.

          Good luck in whatever you decide to do......

          BTW...you can work and draw $900 a month and still get your disability.

          http://www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook/2007rbnews.htm


          Last edited by darkeyed_daisy; 9 Jul 2007, 8:34 PM.
          T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

          My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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            #6
            Originally posted by rybread
            I wanted to get this going again because I've been extremely bored lately and really broke.SSDI just isn't enough these days. I'm especially interested in anyone who's making money from home.
            Ry,

            Since you're here in PHX, you can get info from ABIL on how to manage work and your benefits. You can find a the workshop schedule at abil.org or I suggest you contact Rhonda Webb at ABIL (phone# on theweb site) and sit down with her and discuss. Once you know how work will affect your benefits, go to VR for that CAD class and other assistance. You can PM me if you want more info
            My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

            Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

            "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

            Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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              #7
              i am working hard to find a cure for sci.
              wish me luck...i dont need a pay check..cash only.lol
              joking guys..i wish i can have my life back..work,sex etc.

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                #8
                Oh, I forgot to answer:
                I'm a T-10 complete with a TON of post-injury setbacks (currently nursing another fracture and pressure sore). I'm 47 now, I was injured 2.5 years ago, I was 44.

                I was a massage therapist and international spa consultant, (yes people paid me tons of money to fly all over the world, and wined and dined me while I created a fabulous spa for their company, the kind you see in Conde Naste, etc.) In my "spare time" I taught martial arts and helped my SO with his business. I also have a business background before I became a LMT.

                Post injury, I started working 6 months post. Right now I work for the State teaching various State workers how to best serve PWD. I only work enough so that I do not disturb my SSDI benefits as they cover my minor child too. Once my child reaches age, I will work full time again.
                My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

                Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

                "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

                Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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                  #9
                  Been hurt about 2.5 years now, time flys by! Pre-sci I wanted to be a Software Engineer, after my accident I kept at it, and now i'm a computer scientist which is equivlent to a software engineer but with more math/physics :P

                  Co-oping with IBM currently (8 months) , but I still 3 semesters left till I graduate! I try to walk full time, during work I have to use the wheelchair somtimes and to go out to eat some places make you hold your tray and what not, and that doesn't go to well with crutches.

                  I'm c7/c8 and T1 but luckly I was incomplete and regained 90% hand function on my right side, and enough on my left side to type almost as fast as I use to be able to type.

                  I took a year off to recover as much as possible then started going back to school, nothing was the same but nothing ever is with sci it seems!

                  Goodluck with your inventions!
                  Injured:10-16-04
                  C7/C8, T1 incomplete;


                  For stalkers convenience:
                  Blog:
                  http://www.ordealsonwheels.com/
                  Facebook:
                  http://www.facebook.com/#!/coryssanchez
                  Progress:
                  http://photobucket.com/albums/b290/swooty/
                  My drawings:
                  http://kanvases.com/sites/corysanchez/home

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                    #10
                    ab are diffr. we sci as well [level and asia score].
                    i love women so i decided to open a busniess ...modeling ..what do you think guys?my mom said no .lol
                    plenty chicks around .

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                      #11
                      Nice thread rybread, I was just thinking of posting the same thing. I am 27 years old now. Had my SCI 8 years ago at the age of 19. I am a C5 complete. Before my SCI I had tones of jobs because I was working since age 12 when I started painting houses in and outside. I worked at as a paper boy also.
                      Once I turned 16 and was able to work legally I worked at 2 stores 'all for $51" and "spencers" then i worked at jiffy lube for 1.5 years. I was a certified Lube Tech and completed over 10,000 vehicles fluid changes, oil, transmission, differential, final drives, transfer cases, and radiators, before the age of 18. At 18.5 years old I started installing and working for a HVAC company. Installing duck work n gas pipe in new houses. Ripping out old furnaces n installing new. Creating duck work... after doing that for 4 months and being denied a raise from $8.50 an hour I decided to change jobs. My next job and last before my SCI I was working at an auto body shop for 3 months. I was transportation driver, car prepper before paint, and also learning how to do body work n paint.

                      Then I had my motorcycle accident. 2 years after my SCI I went back to school. I didn’t have much interest in anything because I love working with my hands and now no longer was able to use them. I did the only other thing I thought I could and did before my SCI. I went to school for graphic design. After 2 years in 2002 I graduated. I worked at a company that made electric bikes and atvs during my internship for 7 months. The company then was closing slowly. They couldn’t keep 2 designers so they kept the guy that was there before me.

                      Since 2003 I have been looking 4 a job. I fill out applications, not only for graphic design, but also for customer service, and other positions. I never get call backs.
                      I don’t know the problem. I do run my own freelance design company. www.ETdesigns.us & www.PicturteMusicVideos.com . I get small jobs here and there, but not enough and not steady. I also run the largest adaptive action sports website in the world, www.ExtremeChairing.com . its all none profit, really I make nothing, still waiting for those big sponsors. I am currently working on a project and starting a business that will give freedom to people with disabilities. Top secret but coming spring of 2008
                      J2

                      28/M/chicago/C5-c6 quad Comp.
                      [url]
                      www.J2RollsOn.com

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                        #12
                        Finding work post SCI is difficult. Before I had only been turned down for one job. I've been on about 15 interviews in the past year. Nothing but Walmart. I'm qualified educated outgoing wellspoken. Maybe it's me. Maybe it's the chair Maybe it's the small town. Who knows.
                        If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


                        Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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                          #13
                          i hate sci... before sci great job, and now nothing, if im lucky i earn 20$ a day.. before test driver for mondial, now im repairing motorsaws all day long.. lol
                          http://www.facebook.com/ivicamaotze.rod

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by rybread
                            I'm just curious, how many of us work, how long have you been paralyzed, how old were you when you became paralyzed, what level are you, what did you do before your paralysis, what you do know or what do you plan on doing,is there anything holding you back from working and do you receive any kind of disability payment?
                            I was on SSI and SSDI for a couple of years, but I went back to college about a year after my accident and starting working again about a year after that. I was injured 20 yrs ago and I'm currently a T7-8 para. I have only had two paying jobs in my life that weren't office work, although my long term goal was to become a horse trainer. I gave up that dream and have worked in various offices for the past 2 decades. I like working with computers and have done a lot of desktop publishing and design work. I have had some health issues in the past couple of years that have affected my ability to work full time, but an "able-bodied" person could go through that as well. Overall, I see no reason why a paraplegic cannot make a living for themselves just based on them being a para.

                            I myself do not work, I'm a C-5, I was just about to turn 23, I've been hurt six years, I was a Ford automotive technician before I got hurt doing interior trim and electronics but trained bumper-to-bumper, at this point I want to be an inventor and I feel that I need to take classes in CAD to put my inventions on paper
                            So are you doing that? Are you taking classes?

                            the main thing holding me back from working is worrying about losing my insurance through my mother and I do receive a halfway decent disability check.
                            You're almost 30 and are still covered by your mom's insurance? If you were not handicapped would you be OK with that? If you had a crappy job that you hated, but you had decent insurance, would you stick with it forever or would you take the plunge and strike out to find a job you loved that had good benefits?

                            It's never easy, but providing for yourself and contributing to the community is a goal worth striving for.

                            C.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by J2Extreme
                              its all none profit, really I make nothing, still waiting for those big sponsors.
                              if no big sponsors, try adSense service from Google. I know some which are earning ~800$ for each site, but it's all about SEO work(Search Engine Optimization) not only webdesign and HTML.
                              In this field many are saying that are earning much more, but i don't know them personally.
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