I was diagnosed with CML in March of 09 and am currently in remission. I've been on Gleevec 400 mg since then.
I need to resign from teaching where my medical benefits are phenomenal. No premium, and I only pay $50 a month for the g, and only have that with a co-pay card from the mfg. I will probably not have my contract renewed because I suck at teaching the way we are required. I won't go into all that. Suffice it to say, as of June 2, I will no longer teach children in large groups and won't spend the time and money to pursue additional endorsements to teach anything else. I am done. Stick a fork in me.
So, I'm curious, for you folks who left your job after diagnosis. Why? What did/do you do for income and insurance? I'm the main breadwinner, by the way. My husband, with his own issues, makes only about $850 a month.
Mentally, I haven't been the same. Organization is a challenge, as well as mental focus and clarity of thinking. Some of this is because I'm a natural born space cadet, but it's only gotten worse and harder to make things work on the job. I'm also very tired a lot of the time and don't have the stamina it takes to keep up with 100+ 6th graders over the course of the day. Not to mention the planning, grading, copying and the other BS that gets thrown at me everytime I have to go to a meeting.
I don't want to stay home all day and would like a job 20-32 hours a week but they have no bennies...My husband and I don't mind giving up our mortgage and want to rent anyway. It would save us money.
I hope this makes sense. I'm so tired of being tired and not feeling good in most ways about my job. I need a change but don't want to be foolish. If I could see a net, I would jump now.
Any ideas or experience would be helpful. Thanks!