I am retired due to disability. I have Multiple Sclerosis, which was diagnosed in 1991. I was employed as a para-professional, a.k.a. teacher's aide, from Sept. 1995 through June 2005.
I spend my days now reading and sending e-mails, playing far too much Free Cell, creating and sending greeting cards with my rapidly growing collection of rubber stamps, and taking care of the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) duties for my husband and me.
The MS has progressed so that I made the difficult decision to hang up my car keys in 2006. My fine motor skills have deteriorated immensely in the last couple of years, and I am no longer able to do counted cross-stitch, which was my favorite craft for many years. I tire easily, and have trouble with my balance. My husband now has to do all of the household tasks.
Instead of complaining about all the things I cannot do, I try to keep a positive attitude, and focus on the things I CAN still do.