What is your disability, recurring illness or other health issue you may have?

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After reading this thread: Ask Stupid Kid: Just because he's in a wheelchair people think he's stupid.

I got to wondering how many fellow warriors have an illness, disability etc that they have to deal with each day while working on their Internet Marketing business or maybe they are working on their businesses BECAUSE their illness etc. requires them to stay at home.

I am not trying to be nosey and you certainly do not have to go into great detail or give your complete health history if you choose not to.

I just thought it might be motivational to others to see that some Warriors continue to work day in and day out even with major/minor physical or mental illnesses.

I myself have schizophrenia, anhedonia, major clinical depression and sleep apnea. This has caused me to twice have a pyschotic break that made me suicidal/homicidal. It is a 100% inherited family illness. I take several prescription drugs as treatment that sometimes make me feel like I am in a fog.

Despite this, at the age of 39 I am still able to work on my businesses full time while comfortably earning a full-time living since 2001.

There you have it - I just spilled my guts to about 145,024 fellow Warriors plus the oodles of unregistered lurkers.

Now what is your excuse for not getting the job done?
#disability #illness #recurring
  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    I have a chronic case of Jobophobia. Really. Or is it Jobdislikia. Yea, thats it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      I have an unknown kidney disfunction, and I think ADD.
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    apart from being a type one insulin depedent i dont have any excuses i use the warrior forum to create and brainstorm good ideas and posts and i am good at what i do online,
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  • Profile picture of the author ajparker
    I have been diagnosed with Meniere's disease and have occasional had dizziness/vertigo attacks as well as hearing loss (so far it's not permanent), but that kind of interferes with one of my "real world" jobs which is related to music. After the vertigo attacks I'm usually wiped for a few days, but that was my motivation for starting to really invest time in my online projects again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by ajparker View Post

      I have been diagnosed with Meniere's disease and have occasional had dizziness/vertigo attacks as well as hearing loss (so far it's not permanent), but that kind of interferes with one of my "real world" jobs which is related to music.
      I've have tinnitus since I was a kid but I never had the dizziness, vertigo, etc. - just constant ringing. Too much load music as a kid I suppose.
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      • Profile picture of the author Blade Runner 77
        Clickbank has an information product listed to clear up ringing sounds in the ears. I haven't tried it as I don't have the $ to buy it, but anything is worth a try...search tinnitus at clickbank.

        Health issues have forced me to the internet, away from a film biz career in H wood. At 23 yrs a social medicine doctor in Sydney didn't sterilize his instruments and I got gas gangrene. I complained of the intense pain but only got attention when I went into a coma, 8 months in hospital, crippled for life. I turned my anger to upscaling my career choice from boat building to film making. After slowly getting sicker and sicker over 25 years I was diagnosed with hepatitus C from contaminated blood transfusions, caused by cheap blood bought for the socialized medicine system from africa. I was recently treated with chemo for a year at a truly great hospital in los angeles called UCLA and miraculously the virus is in remission. I'm still too sick to work, and on morphine 24/7 at the age of 53, but I love the internet and have no choice except to succeed with an online income.
        ...and BTW, I am a poster boy for everything wrong with socialized medicine, but there is something worse than having socialized medicine, and thats having no medical system at all. You all need to protest something worth getting upset about, but Obamas medical proposal isn't it.
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        • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
          I have ME. I've had it for 33 years. I've been self-employed for 15 years - I got fed up with being sacked for being off sick, and i've never been able to work full-time.

          I had a major relapse 2 years ago which I'm still recovering from.

          Being self-employed and working online allows me to pace myself. I can work online even if I'm horizontal in bed (sometimes I get so weak I can't sit up - fortunately that doesn't happen too often)
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          • Profile picture of the author JoeJ
            Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post


            I got to wondering how many fellow warriors have an illness, disability etc that they have to deal with each day while working on their Internet Marketing business or maybe they are working on their businesses BECAUSE their illness etc. requires them to stay at home.

            I am not trying to be nosey and you certainly do not have to go into great detail or give your complete health history if you choose not to.

            I just thought it might be motivational to others to see that some Warriors continue to work day in and day out even with major/minor physical or mental illnesses.

            I myself have schizophrenia, anhedonia, major clinical depression and sleep apnea. This has caused me to twice have a pyschotic break that made me suicidal/homicidal. It is a 100% inherited family illness. I take several prescription drugs as treatment that sometimes make me feel like I am in a fog.

            Despite this, at the age of 39 I am still able to work on my businesses full time while comfortably earning a full-time living since 2001.

            There you have it - I just spilled my guts to about 145,024 fellow Warriors plus the oodles of unregistered lurkers.

            Now what is your excuse for not getting the job done?

            Most psychiatric disorders are invented, so that drug companies can market more "treatments".


            Originally Posted by Intrepreneur View Post

            I have an unknown kidney disfunction, and I think ADD.
            There is no such thing as medical ADD. It was invented by psychiatrists to sell more drugs.


            Originally Posted by teleam View Post

            I have type 2 diabetes, Hearing loss (very severe), hypertension, and other problems that I won't go into here. I can only work in front of the computer for two hours at most at a time. Also I have been told I may have A.D.D.
            Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.

            There is no ADD - see above.

            Originally Posted by Ray Erdmann View Post

            For me, it's A.D.D. and stress...especially given the personal issues I've had to endure over the last year...trying to keep my 'head in the game' and my mind 'focused on what needs to be done', is and probably always will be, easier said then done!

            But I keep plugging along every day doing what I can...

            There is no ADD - see above.


            Originally Posted by markquinn View Post

            I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) which is extremely well-controlled now through medication and therapy.

            Luckily, I seemed to have overcome one of my obsessions quite well - fear of the number 7, which I suppose for someone doing marketing could be a very bad thing.

            LOL. I just thought of that.

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            OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.


            Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

            I have ME. I've had it for 33 years. I've been self-employed for 15 years - I got fed up with being sacked for being off sick, and i've never been able to work full-time.

            I had a major relapse 2 years ago which I'm still recovering from.

            Being self-employed and working online allows me to pace myself. I can work online even if I'm horizontal in bed (sometimes I get so weak I can't sit up - fortunately that doesn't happen too often)

            Consider, totally changing you diet and doing regular exercise. No junk food, no chemicals etc. etc.

            Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here.

            We are meant to be Warriors for Christ's sake.

            Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success.

            The road that many of you are on "the medical/drugs highway" is a very dangerous road.

            There are MANY other possible solutions to help ease and even completely handle your health problems.

            Google it.

            If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so.

            Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you.

            They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly.

            Take it or leave it.
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            • Profile picture of the author teleam
              Originally Posted by JoeY View Post


              Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.

              There is no ADD - see above.

              Take it or leave it.
              In my case I do diet and mild exercise. I also have to take Insulin. I feel insulted by your remark. The statement is general and any one can pick that off wikipedia. Give us some proof of what you say.
              Are you a Doctor? Or just some BS...?

              A.D.D. is a mental condition that effects not only some children but Seniors as well.
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            • Profile picture of the author teleam
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post


              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.
              Gosh it's to late to tell the late Howard Hughs this.
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            • Profile picture of the author psresearch
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post


              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.
              Duh! Hence the intense amount of therapy, shadow-work and other types of process work I've done throughout my life.

              You're one funny dude...to make generalizations without knowing any details.
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            • Profile picture of the author psresearch
              [QUOTE=JoeJ;1142647]

              If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so.
              [QUOTE]

              I'm not at all offended by what you said about OCD. And it's true that if someone is offended it is THEIR issue.

              You obviously have amazing discipline to be able to pull off all of your suggestions. The thing is that for the rest of us we have to get through EMOTIONAL barriers to even be able to DO many of the things you're suggesting.
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            • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here. We are meant to be Warriors for Christ's sake. Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success. The road that many of you are on "the medical/drugs highway" is a very dangerous road. There are MANY other possible solutions to help ease and even completely handle your health problems. Google it. If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so. Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you. They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly. Take it or leave it.
              Youre a knuckle head, seriously. So you're suggesting that all of our symptoms are make believe? Some of the people here, including myself, are grateful just to see another day out, let alone live a normal healthy lifestyle.

              Your post stinks just quietly. I wont be back to argue with you, I have better things to do with my time.

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            • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Most psychiatric disorders are invented, so that drug companies can market more "treatments".




              There is no such thing as medical ADD. It was invented by psychiatrists to sell more drugs.




              Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.

              There is no ADD - see above.




              There is no ADD - see above.





              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.





              Consider, totally changing you diet and doing regular exercise. No junk food, no chemicals etc. etc.

              Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here.

              We are meant to be Warriors for Christ's sake.

              Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success.

              The road that many of you are on "the medical/drugs highway" is a very dangerous road.

              There are MANY other possible solutions to help ease and even completely handle your health problems.

              Google it.

              If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so.

              Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you.

              They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly.

              Take it or leave it.
              Huh. Looks like Tom Cruise is in the house.

              Dude, just shut it if you don't have anything productive to add. You're reality is skewed.
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              • Profile picture of the author JoeJ
                Originally Posted by TinkerAndPo View Post

                Huh. Looks like Tom Cruise is in the house.

                Dude, just shut it if you don't have anything productive to add. You're reality is skewed.

                My intention was not to upset people but to wake them up.

                I think what I said is far more productive for people's health than you obviously realise.

                Never mind...
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                • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
                  Joe,

                  Granted, there are probably many cases where a change in lifestyle (diet, exercise, whatever) can eliminate many physical and mental illnesses, but you can NOT just assume and lump ALL into that model. THAT is dangerous and irresponsible.

                  Case in point, diet and exercise would greatly help me ... but with my damaged lower lumbar, which effects the legs, I can't do many exercises unless I want to feel pain shooting through my spinal cord for days thereafter. Even doing light vacuuming leaves its mark for days. I don't eat much as it is and what I do eat is pretty healthy.

                  I can't get on disability because I can't afford to go to the doctors to get the tests to do the official diagnosis the disability board needs. You have to pay for those things upfront before disability reimburses you for those visits (IF they do, they don't always). And yes, I do know what I'm talking about because my mom is on disability, my boss is on disability, and I've tried 2 times myself.

                  So, until they can fix my back, I can't do the exercises I need to to lose the weight, reduce the arthritis, etc etc. I did volleyball, shotput/discus, fencing, and bowling all 4 years in high school, walked everywhere in Phoenix and Dublin (didn't have a car) ... in another words, I used to be VERY active, so I know how do keep fit. I just physically can't.

                  Don't get me wrong ... I think most doctors are full of themselves. I've had a good talking to to a few of them because of their snobbish attitudes. I'm not one of their typical dumb patients ... I've studied, researched, etc. I'm in charge of my own care, and that means understanding my various problems. But don't assume that the WHOLE medical industry is corrupt and trying to feed you unnecessary meds. On the flipside, I've had plenty of great doctors who did quite the opposite.

                  I think what ticks people here off the most, Joe, is that you came into this thread and started "lecturing" us on YOUR OPINIONS. You provided no facts, no valid arguement, etc. Then again, none were requested either, since that isn't what this thread was about. This thread is about letting other members know that they are not alone if they suffer from physical and/or mental illnesses ... and that it is still possible to be successful online under those conditions. Consider this thread a support group thread. But you coming in here and telling people that half their suffering is in their head and to do things that they obviously were too stupid to think of doing themselves (diet and exercise) ... DUH! I highly doubt most of the members here (if not all) are dummies ... and doctors are always saying proper diet and exercise for nearly all conditions (provided it doesn't do further injury). So, pretty much you insulted most of our intelligences.

                  *sighs* I'm supposed to be working, and I guess my back pain is making me a bit ill today ... so I'll </rant>
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                  • Profile picture of the author teleam
                    Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

                    Joe,

                    I can't get on disability because I can't afford to go to the doctors to get the tests to do the official diagnosis the disability board needs. You have to pay for those things upfront before disability reimburses you for those visits (IF they do, they don't always). And yes, I do know what I'm talking about because my mom is on disability, my boss is on disability, and I've tried 2 times myself.
                    What state do you live in? I live in Maryland and when I applied for Disability DDS paid for the doctor visits. and I had to see three doctors. This was five years ago. Now i'm on S.S.

                    Keep trying.
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                    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
                      Am in North Carolina.

                      You have to have your medical records state all the tests you went through to provide your condition(s) before you could be approved for SSI. So, you have to pay for the doctors and all tests first (or via health insurance if you are lucky enough to have it and they will cover the expenses - of which I don't).

                      While I have been diagnosed with all I've mentioned, I haven't gone through all the tests the SSI needs to prove my case ... and it's been well over 8 years since I've been do the doctors for anything related to my problems ... so I would have to have everything done over anyhow.

                      I can't keep trying ... SSI sent me a letter earlier this year that said that I must have the proper medical records (ie, tests) in order to apply again ... lovely eh?

                      I need to sue the person who though of Catch-22 ... they've ruined things for a LOT of folks LOL
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                  • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
                    I'm surprised this thread hasn't been moved to "off topic"
                    but I'm glad it hasn't been.

                    I've been a Warrior for over four years now, and I can't
                    remember any other threads like this one before.

                    I don't believe I've ever revealed this to the forum before,
                    but in addition to my internet businesses, I am also a
                    Licensed Clinical Therapist in the state of New Mexico.
                    (and an Air Force Reservist, but that is another story)

                    I obviously pursue my internet concerns for the most part,
                    but occasionally get called out to perform mental health
                    "assessments" on individuals in need.

                    I spent years working with people struggling to overcome
                    or at least live with their mental disabilities.

                    It is so encouraging to read all of the entries here of fellow
                    Warriors who are giving it their all and trying to "press on"
                    to the best of their abilities. I am honored to be in your
                    presence.

                    I want to encourage you to keep moving forward and to
                    not be afraid of seeking help in your local community when
                    the need arises.

                    To you,
                    Brian
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                    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
                      Originally Posted by Brian Cook View Post

                      I'm surprised this thread hasn't been moved to "off topic"
                      but I'm glad it hasn't been.

                      I've been a Warrior for over four years now, and I can't
                      remember any other threads like this one before.

                      I don't believe I've ever revealed this to the forum before,
                      but in addition to my internet businesses, I am also a
                      Licensed Clinical Therapist in the state of New Mexico.
                      (and an Air Force Reservist, but that is another story)

                      It is so encouraging to read all of the entries here of fellow
                      Warriors who are giving it their all and trying to "press on"
                      to the best of their abilities. I am honored to be in your
                      presence.

                      I want to encourage you to keep moving forward and to
                      not be afraid of seeking help in your local community when
                      the need arises.

                      To you,
                      Brian
                      I too was hoping this wouldn't get tossed in the off-topic forum for the same reason - I think people NEED to read this and chime in when they can. I was hoping for a motivational thread as opposed to a woe is me thread.

                      As a Licensed Clinical Therapist I am sure you have seen all kinds... maybe I should switch to you as my therapist.

                      Thanks for chiming in with a positive note!
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                • Profile picture of the author HeySal
                  Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

                  My intention was not to upset people but to wake them up.

                  I think what I said is far more productive for people's health than you obviously realise.

                  Never mind...
                  The problem is that you made a statement with nothing to offer in the way of explanation.

                  It is true that there is add - but research is now showing it linked to many toxins put purposely in food in the US...that have subsequently been banned in many countries.....and also combined with a chronic defeciency in Vitamin D3 (sunshine). If those with ADD would like to do some experimenting, get more sunshine when possible, when it isn't take Vit D3 supplements (as apposed to Vit D2, which is basically crap) and stop eating anything with MSG in it...if you eat a lot of it you have done some long term damage already but you can help it by ceasing to ingest any more. There are a few other additives that are also dangerous but I would have to look them up again as I don't eat too much processed food and they aren't relevant to me...........

                  So all in all, you were on the right track, you just stopped talking and made yourself seem just rudely pompous and callous.

                  I had killer asthma when I was younger and the Dr's had me on medicines that kept me from being able to do almost anything. I was literally crippled from it. Then after I moved to Germany and got ahold of a doctor who taught me otherwise I continued research into nutrition and health and now my asthma is so under control that I barely know it's there.
                  That researched saved my life when I was told in 1987 that I had around 6 months at best and needed to get into chemo right away. Already well acquainted with the fact that chemo is just a roll of the dice whether it kills you or the cancer first, I ran to the mountains to an area known for pure water, clean air, and I did everything necessary on my own to cure myself...long walks when I thought I'd die if I stood at all, the right foods, supplements, you name it. I think I'm the oldest dead 33 year old around now. LOL.

                  I really feel for people who's solutions aren't as simple (lol, crap) as mine were or have permanent damage caused by preventable issues. That really just bites so unjustly. I know people who are on dialysis from drugs they were told would actually help them. Now their kidneys are shot and there's no way to bring them back. And I have friends with arthritis that might have been preventable, might not have, that struggle just to move everyday. And when I think of them, I thank God that I was given only issues I was able to find an answer for on my own.

                  If you are ill, and everyone in the medical field says there's no cure, you owe it to yourself to keep looking for one. Maybe you will find one, maybe you won't -- but if I had quit, I'd have died. Never let anyone relinquish your life.......keep hope, keep searching, and never lose your will.

                  Strength and courage to all.
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            • Profile picture of the author Ruka
              Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

              I have ME. I've had it for 33 years. I've been self-employed for 15 years - I got fed up with being sacked for being off sick, and i've never been able to work full-time.

              I had a major relapse 2 years ago which I'm still recovering from.

              Being self-employed and working online allows me to pace myself. I can work online even if I'm horizontal in bed (sometimes I get so weak I can't sit up - fortunately that doesn't happen too often)

              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post


              Consider, totally changing you diet and doing regular exercise. No junk food, no chemicals etc. etc.

              Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here.

              JoeJ - you need to consider the effect of your words.
              Rosetrees has had to live with the extreme pain and suffering caused by M.E. for 33 years, and has no doubt tried these basic remedies.
              Do you have M.E.? Are you a doctor? Are you a naturopath?
              I don't understand how you think it is appropriate to give medical advice like this.
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              • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
                Hi,

                when I was born I did not want to come out the doctor had to pull me out with forceps this caused some brain damage aside from the way I was born which was autistic. It is not until recently that it was discovered I had autism. at first i think they diagnosed me with 60 different things from OCD to Anti social borderline personality to add adhd i took all sorts of medication etc. at the age of 5 I tried to jump off the 4th floor balcony of our apartment.I now take zoloft after many suicidal attempts which is kind of weird because it can induce those thoughts.

                They finally diagnosed me properly but said if i was still a child group therapy may have helped but now that I am an adult of 34 yrs of age there is nothing that can be done though I appear quite intelligent that is because i am however if it was not for my wife being able to do things I cannot I would have no chance in life to succeed I was easily misled I was totally alone. I played sports like hockey and at one time I was actually a pro calliber Goaltender but one hting I enjoy about being me is that I learn wicked fast and have an ability to teach.

                I did share a bit about myself in a previous thread "here is a bit about me"

                I appreciate you all sharing your selves on this thread I am glad to know i am not the only one who deals with crap and I for one let NOTHING stand in my way.

                Thanks for letting me share.

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            • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Most psychiatric disorders are invented, so that drug companies can market more "treatments".




              There is no such thing as medical ADD. It was invented by psychiatrists to sell more drugs.




              Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.

              There is no ADD - see above.




              There is no ADD - see above.





              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.





              Consider, totally changing you diet and doing regular exercise. No junk food, no chemicals etc. etc.

              Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here.

              We are meant to be Warriors for Christ's sake.

              Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success.

              The road that many of you are on "the medical/drugs highway" is a very dangerous road.

              There are MANY other possible solutions to help ease and even completely handle your health problems.

              Google it.

              If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so.

              Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you.

              They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly.

              Take it or leave it.
              Spend less time listening to Tom Cruise. It'll do you good. When one of the conditions you dismissed affects *you* you'll find it quite real.
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            • Profile picture of the author digidoodles
              You aren't, by chance, a Scientologist are you?



              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Most psychiatric disorders are invented, so that drug companies can market more "treatments".




              There is no such thing as medical ADD. It was invented by psychiatrists to sell more drugs.




              Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.

              There is no ADD - see above.




              There is no ADD - see above.





              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.





              Consider, totally changing you diet and doing regular exercise. No junk food, no chemicals etc. etc.

              Listen, I am not trying to offend anyone here.

              We are meant to be Warriors for Christ's sake.

              Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success.

              The road that many of you are on "the medical/drugs highway" is a very dangerous road.

              There are MANY other possible solutions to help ease and even completely handle your health problems.

              Google it.

              If you are offended then that is your issue. I am not trying to offend anyone. If I was, I would say so.

              Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you.

              They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly.

              Take it or leave it.
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            • Profile picture of the author seasoned
              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              There is no such thing as medical ADD. It was invented by psychiatrists to sell more drugs.
              Actually, some DO have MARKEDLY short attention spans. AND, interestingly, some drugs seem to do the OPPOSITE thing to them than they do in others.

              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Type 2 diabetes is diet and exercise related. You can handle this if you want.
              It can be CONTROLLED, or mitigated, through diet and exercise, but is definitely NOT fully due to that. There is STILL debate on whether it is even PARTIALLY due to it. BTW many DO still need insulin or a drug to make them more able to use what they have.

              Do you think Type 1 is a scam also?

              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              OCD is again a misdiagnosed psychiatric scam, designed to get you to take drugs to numb your senses so you believe that it is relieved. Find the real cause.
              So you are saying it is ideopathic! Gee, if you are going to say it is always only a scam, you can at least say what it is, or even what it could be.

              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Don't let your personal issues stop you from overcoming all the blocks and barriers to success.
              Isn't that the point of this thread?

              Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post

              Don't let some unhealthy clip board holding legalised fraudster such as a doctor or even worse, a psychiatrist put a label on you.

              They can't even understand and treat lab rats properly.

              Take it or leave it.

              At least I agree with you HERE! Psychiatrists, even ones FAMOUS for "being experts in a given diagnosis" , are often totally WRONG! They say things that are against the DSM, etc... They don't even agree with themselves. HECK, they recently decided one item was the same as another item that it isn't like, and now want to get rid of it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Lear
    I have an anxiety disorder, it always happens when I'm stuck somewhere like a supermarket queue, or stuck in a waiting room. It's very annoying, but I've just learnt to live with it.

    Paul.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by Paul Lear View Post

      I have an anxiety disorder, it always happens when I'm stuck somewhere like a supermarket queue, or stuck in a waiting room. It's very annoying, but I've just learnt to live with it.

      Paul.
      My sister-in-law has anxiety attacks that often bloom into full blown panic attacks and she has to leave the situation immediately.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Lear
        Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post

        My sister-in-law has anxiety attacks that often bloom into full blown panic attacks and she has to leave the situation immediately.
        I've had that happen to me a few times too when they first started, the scariest part for me was when it first started, and I didn't what was happening to me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
          @ Teresa - I feel your pain (most everyday). I wish you and your husband well!

          @ Alex - wow that is advanced. Good thing you have such large monitors. I couldn't see myself sitting that close...

          @ Paul. I hope you are able to keep your anxiety at bay. Are you on medication for that? I got some meds that worked really for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teresa Coppes
    I have severe depression and my husband has type 1 diabetes. Between those two my goal is to provide enough financing that will cover his insulin pump, which, once we got suddenly wasn't covered by insurance and just be happier about myself.

    I have the same goals in life as I have for my business - take each day at a time and don't sweat the small stuff. Sometimes it's way easier said then done but I try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
    I have a congenital eye disease. I'm officially "partially" sighted and will be legally blind before I'm 50 (30 now).
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by Alex Taylor View Post

      I have a congenital eye disease. I'm officially "partially" sighted and will be legally blind before I'm 50 (30 now).
      What size monitor are you able to use? Or are glasses/contacts helping you get along at the moment.

      I have a 17" laptop and with contacts I still find myself squinting...
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      • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
        Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post

        What size monitor are you able to use? Or are glasses/contacts helping you get along at the moment.

        I have a 17" laptop and with contacts I still find myself squinting...
        I'm sitting about 6 inches away from a 24" monitor! And these LCD screens give off a lot of heat, so I have to let my eyes cool down quite often (they literally start to fry!).

        Glasses don't help, unfortunately, since it's a retina problem.

        I hate not being able to use a laptop! I hate not being able to drive more though! Okay, I'll stop complaining...
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  • Profile picture of the author teleam
    I have type 2 diabetes, Hearing loss (very severe), hypertension, and other problems that I won't go into here. I can only work in front of the computer for two hours at most at a time. Also I have been told I may have A.D.D.
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      Hang in there teleam - I am sure we have others that share your ailments.

      You are an inspiration to us all whether you believe it or not.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
        For me, it's A.D.D. and stress...especially given the personal issues I've had to endure over the last year...trying to keep my 'head in the game' and my mind 'focused on what needs to be done', is and probably always will be, easier said then done!

        But I keep plugging along every day doing what I can...
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        • Profile picture of the author LegitIncomes
          I've got an Implantable Defib/Pacemaker. I've had it since 1999, and it's actually almost time for a new one (about a month away).
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            Originally Posted by Josh Kulp View Post

            I've got an Implantable Defib/Pacemaker. I've had it since 1999, and it's actually almost time for a new one (about a month away).
            That's got to be scary - more so than what I have (other than the urges to chop people up with axes from time to time).

            Are you planning on a replacement next month or are you going to wait awhile?
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            • Profile picture of the author LegitIncomes
              Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post

              That's got to be scary - more so than what I have (other than the urges to chop people up with axes from time to time).

              Are you planning on a replacement next month or are you going to wait awhile?
              I'll definitely be getting it replaced when the doctors say (probably a month).

              It was scary when I first got it in 1999, now I'm used to it though. Still don't like the idea of having another surgery to replace this one, wish they could just recharge this one. Perhaps the battery technology will be there some day.
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          Originally Posted by Ray Erdmann View Post

          For me, it's A.D.D. and stress...especially given the personal issues I've had to endure over the last year...trying to keep my 'head in the game' and my mind 'focused on what needs to be done', is and probably always will be, easier said then done!
          As part of my schizophrenia - I know what you are talking about. My mind likes to "switch channels" from time to time so I find myself always in a battle to get done what needs to get done.

          Good luck to you!
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          • Profile picture of the author Edge88
            Wow seems like a lot of people have health issues

            My condition gets debilitating when it's at it's peak but most of the time it's not so bad. I have Ulcerative Colitis that lands me in the hospital everytime it gets really bad.

            But things are about to change I'm getting major surgery soon. They are gonna remove my entire large intestine!

            But yeah, thanks to this I had to drop out of college this year to take care of my health and that's how I had enough time to do online marketing.
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            • Profile picture of the author D.K. Magnus
              Had my colon removed at the age of 38.

              Are you getting something similar to a J-pouch?

              If you have read my earlier post, I came back pretty well from the surgery by exercising, with my surgeons approval of course.

              One thing that helps me keep from getting a recurring infection know as pouchitis(that's really what they call it), is eating water soluble fiber such as oatmeal.

              If I can be of any help, let me know.



              Originally Posted by Edge88 View Post

              Wow seems like a lot of people have health issues

              My condition gets debilitating when it's at it's peak but most of the time it's not so bad. I have Ulcerative Colitis that lands me in the hospital everytime it gets really bad.

              But things are about to change I'm getting major surgery soon. They are gonna remove my entire large intestine!

              But yeah, thanks to this I had to drop out of college this year to take care of my health and that's how I had enough time to do online marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    I actually have degenerative hip disease and can hardly walk which in turn has helped with much weight gain. I still work a "job" but am trying to get on SSI. and I am really working hard at becoming successful on the internet!
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  • Profile picture of the author VoodooMethods
    I have a heart murmor.. and syiatica from sitting on the PC too much. Had surgery on my back at age 18. Am 21 now.

    Does balding count, too?
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  • Profile picture of the author peetred
    I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but it comes and goes at it's own will.. strikes at any moment and lasts for a week or more.

    Also unexplained pain/discomfort in my tail bone. Chiropractor fixes it for about a week, then back to the usual. It can get very difficult to drive long distances or sit at the computer for very long.

    Arthritis (yes @ 23) ... thank goodness for typing! I can type but not write much with a pen.

    And 2 VERY ACTIVE little boys (3 & 1) that are definately NOT an illness

    keep on keepin' on...!
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      Moderate Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Unexplained re-occurring nausea, a damaged lower lumbar (which is the cause of most of my mess), weight gain caused by the lower lumbar (can't even walk long or stand long to make dinner without bad pain), Husband-itis, Crazy kitty kat, ornery dog-ism, and greying hair (*) ... at age 36. *grins*

      No health insurance and I haven't made enough yet to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses ... so I live with moderate (with flare-ups to acute) pain and fatigue without medicinal relief ... for years. My husband has his fair share of problems (injured leg from old car accident, high blood pressure, odd heart beat, migraines/frequent headaches), yet he doesn't know how I keep going. *shrugs* What else am I gonna do - pull up a chair and watch the paint peel from a wall?



      *Disclaimer: The last 4, while true, probably are not eligible for official diagnosis and treatment. *sigh*
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        Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

        Moderate Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Unexplained re-occurring nausea, a damaged lower lumbar (which is the cause of most of my mess), weight gain caused by the lower lumbar (can't even walk long or stand long to make dinner without bad pain), Husband-itis, Crazy kitty kat, ornery dog-ism, and greying hair (*) ... at age 36. *grins*

        No health insurance and I haven't made enough yet to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses ... so I live with moderate (with flare-ups to acute) pain and fatigue without medicinal relief ... for years. My husband has his fair share of problems (injured leg from old car accident, high blood pressure, odd heart beat, migraines/frequent headaches), yet he doesn't know how I keep going. *shrugs* What else am I gonna do - pull up a chair and watch the paint peel from a wall?



        *Disclaimer: The last 4, while true, probably are not eligible for official diagnosis and treatment. *sigh*
        Try noni juice and xango. Heard they work brilliantly especially for the damaged lower lumbar. Use the two for best results. Pls don't be cynical. I am making not a dime from this!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    Wow so many have overcome so much. Kudos to all of you.

    In regards to myself, let's just say I am a diagnosed mess, that never should've gotten as far in life as I have managed to, but I have always fought to get past and over and above any stigma's attached to the things that impair my daily life.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Car accident - constant pain even on too many pain meds. Was on morphine but hated it and on oxycodone and muscle relaxers which even when I take, it is hard to do anything cuz I still am in pain and the drugs cause a loss of focus as well. C'est la vie. Either I succeed at IM or I'll be living under a bridge next year. Was in pain levels 7-9 (out of 10 by Kaiser's chart) before spinal decompression, now am 4-7 off meds, 2-6 on meds. It takes a lot of meds for just a little benefit, but without them, may as well put me down. Lol.

    What a happy and cheerful thread
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    • Profile picture of the author psresearch
      I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) which is extremely well-controlled now through medication and therapy.

      Luckily, I seemed to have overcome one of my obsessions quite well - fear of the number 7, which I suppose for someone doing marketing could be a very bad thing.

      LOL. I just thought of that.

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      • Profile picture of the author peetred
        Originally Posted by markquinn View Post

        I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) which is extremely well-controlled now through medication and therapy.

        Luckily, I seemed to have overcome one of my obsessions quite well - fear of the number 7, which I suppose for someone doing marketing could be a very bad thing.

        LOL. I just thought of that.

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        Ah, nice to meet you.. My bday is 7/7
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      • Profile picture of the author smogharp
        I never intended to do the capitalist pig, Internet marketing thing

        But I became very sick from solvent exposure, severely reducing my body's ability to process toxins. The only way to remedy that is to avoid major sources of toxicity.

        Fortunately, Wisconsin has something which Minnesota doesn't ... rural DSL!
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  • Profile picture of the author Didier Faucher
    Panic attacks (controlled, but had this every day for more than 10 years),
    social phobia, anxiety disorder, continuous respiratory problems since
    January 2008 (similar to asthma, but 24/7), myalgia.

    Good luck to all of you.


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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    I don't know your circumstances, but I do know that there is a lot of controversy about whether ADD is a medical condition or not.

    I think doctors are pretty good with physical things like broken bones, heart and similar stuff. But neither they nor psychiatrists seem to have any idea about mental conditions.

    Have you ever met or seen a sane pyschiatrist....?

    It may be worth doing some research on google in case JoeJ has a point.

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    • Profile picture of the author digidoodles
      Originally Posted by TelegramSam View Post


      Have you ever met or seen a sane pyschiatrist....?

      It may be worth doing some research on google in case JoeJ has a point.

      Sam
      That's pretty funny. Because one of the commonly known reasons for going into the mental health field is to learn more about yourself and treating your mental problems

      (I wasn't trying to be funny- seriously!)
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  • Profile picture of the author samcarson
    I suffer from chronic pain 24 hrs a day due to a spinal disease Cervical Spondylosis and a failed surgery 5 years back.
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  • Profile picture of the author acedalright
    I get "aura" migraines which stop me from being able to see and thus work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee Ellison
    I got given caustic acid to drink instead of lemonade in a pub,I was only 18 at the time just coming out of my apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician,this had a major impact on my life,to cut a long story short it left me unable to eat or drink again normally through the mouth everything I have goes through a feeding tube in my stomach I am connected to this machine 8 - 12 hours a day.

    Thanks Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
      Originally Posted by Lee Ellison View Post

      I got given caustic acid to drink instead of lemonade in a pub,I was only 18 at the time just coming out of my apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician,this had a major impact on my life,to cut a long story short it left me unable to eat or drink again normally through the mouth everything I have goes through a feeding tube in my stomach I am connected to this machine 8 - 12 hours a day.

      Thanks Lee
      Oh man, that is horrible. I hope someone went to prison for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Mason
    I suffer from anxiety and depression which often forces me to avoid going out to public places and makes it hard for me to keep up with the day to day.

    I have a really difficult time dealing with stress and tend to just avoid any situation that might cause me any undue stress.

    I had my depression take over and let my websites fade away (despite their success) back in 2005, it took me 3 years to get better and start rebuilding them.

    I'm currently recieving a disability pension and supplementing the income with my online ventures. I'm just about ready to launch my first product in 4 years, and I'm feeling pretty good about it.

    I find keeping focused on positive things (like website development) help both my depression and anxiety.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    My intention was not to upset people but to wake them up.
    You're doing it wrong. How did you feel that telling people their perceived illnesses are not real would be waking them up?

    I think what I said is far more productive for people's health than you obviously realise.
    No, quite the contrary actually. I've been both a personal trainer and an amateur bodybuilder...I know the vital importance of diet and exercise for both mental and physical well-being. But despite an amazingly healthy lifestyle, guess what? I still have major clinical depression and ADD. Going back in my life, I showed signs of depression at 6 years old, fachristsake!

    I agree that psychiatry is a crapshoot. Doctors don't know much about our brains and how they work. But to say that these illnesses are not real...well that's just about as ignorant a statement as I've heard!
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Wow, so many people living with tough health issues, yet still working hard to make it online. Truly inspirational!

    I also get "aura" migraines about once every couple years. Just the aura and not the headache. Although scary at first, they aren't a big deal now. Just weird visuals that last about 20 minutes.

    I also have eye "floaters" that drive me nuts while staring at a white computer screen all day.

    Have mild anxiety and depression occasionally and also I tend to be a hypochondriac.

    This thread is giving me a panic attack!
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Hi Netpiddler,

      I can relate to depression. I've had it most of my life. The "downs" severely affect my motivation, although I try my best to blame it on other things like being lazy. You are fortunate in having achieved your success despite your problems while I, on the other hand, am still floundering because shortly after I get a surge of energy, if sales don't come quickly, depression returns and I slow to a crawl.

      In other posts, I've sort of kidded about having an ADD but I'm sure there is some issue there, especially when I try to work through certain problems. I venture down every angle and possible approach and end up confusing myself. I cannot hold onto one approach long enough to get the answer. This results in my lack of progress in some areas.


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        Looks like I hit the Thanks button too much - they shut me down for now.
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          Originally Posted by scrofford View Post

          I actually have degenerative hip disease and can hardly walk which in turn has helped with much weight gain. I still work a "job" but am trying to get on SSI. and I am really working hard at becoming successful on the internet!
          I too thought about SSI, from what I have found it takes some time to get approved and getting approval for mental illness is double hard. I feel for you. My dad just had hip replacement so he was out of commission for awhile. He is much more mobile now.

          Originally Posted by VoodooMethods View Post

          I have a heart murmor.. and syiatica from sitting on the PC too much. Had surgery on my back at age 18. Am 21 now.

          Does balding count, too?
          Back surgery at 18! That had to have been scary. I have never had back problems but I did get DVT (blood clots) in my legs from sitting at the computer too long. And no balding doesn't count these days as many women find it sexy (or so I have been told).

          Originally Posted by peetred View Post

          I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but it comes and goes at it's own will.. strikes at any moment and lasts for a week or more.

          Also unexplained pain/discomfort in my tail bone. Chiropractor fixes it for about a week, then back to the usual. It can get very difficult to drive long distances or sit at the computer for very long.

          Arthritis (yes @ 23) ... thank goodness for typing! I can type but not write much with a pen.
          I am betting there are a few folks out there are going to report Fibromyalgia. Its pretty common and can be miserable when it hits (you don't need me to tell you that).

          Back issues that involve Chiropractors almost always seem to come right back as if the doctor put a band-aid on the issue.
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          • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
            Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

            Moderate Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Unexplained re-occurring nausea, a damaged lower lumbar (which is the cause of most of my mess), weight gain caused by the lower lumbar (can't even walk long or stand long to make dinner without bad pain), Husband-itis, Crazy kitty kat, ornery dog-ism, and greying hair (*) ... at age 36. *grins*

            No health insurance and I haven't made enough yet to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses ... so I live with moderate (with flare-ups to acute) pain and fatigue without medicinal relief ... for years. My husband has his fair share of problems (injured leg from old car accident, high blood pressure, odd heart beat, migraines/frequent headaches), yet he doesn't know how I keep going. *shrugs* What else am I gonna do - pull up a chair and watch the paint peel from a wall?
            When I started this thread, this is the type of reply I was looking for. You and your husband have illnesses, injuries, no health insurance - yet you keep your head in the game working on your business. Best of luck & good for you!

            Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

            Wow so many have overcome so much. Kudos to all of you.

            In regards to myself, let's just say I am a diagnosed mess, that never should've gotten as far in life as I have managed to, but I have always fought to get past and over and above any stigma's attached to the things that impair my daily life.
            That is the type of reaction I was hoping for. We all have some kind of ailment or demon and its always motivating to see that others are still out there doing it no matter what obstacles they face each day.

            Originally Posted by DogScout View Post

            Car accident - constant pain even on too many pain meds. Was on morphine but hated it and on oxycodone and muscle relaxers which even when I take, it is hard to do anything cuz I still am in pain and the drugs cause a loss of focus as well. C'est la vie. Either I succeed at IM or I'll be living under a bridge next year. Was in pain levels 7-9 (out of 10 by Kaiser's chart) before spinal decompression, now am 4-7 off meds, 2-6 on meds. It takes a lot of meds for just a little benefit, but without them, may as well put me down. Lol.

            What a happy and cheerful thread
            I am glad you are still with us after such an ordeal. Pain management for auto accident injuries (especially back injuries) is usually hit or miss in finding something that works if you find anything that works at all. Man I feel for you...

            Originally Posted by markquinn View Post

            I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) which is extremely well-controlled now through medication and therapy.

            Luckily, I seemed to have overcome one of my obsessions quite well - fear of the number 7, which I suppose for someone doing marketing could be a very bad thing.

            LOL. I just thought of that.

            Paul Schlegel/MarkQuinn
            I am glad your OCD is under control. I think I have a ocd myself - I keep checking the alarm clock over and over, I have to check that the doors are locked over and over, I have to look in the mail box several times (opening and closing it) just to make sure I didnt miss any mail...

            The fear of #7 is funny - sorry its just funny given IM price points. I bet you don't buy many wso's ebooks etc?
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              Originally Posted by erikorganic View Post

              I never intended to do the capitalist pig, Internet marketing thing

              But I became very sick from solvent exposure, severely reducing my body's ability to process toxins. The only way to remedy that is to avoid major sources of toxicity.

              Fortunately, Wisconsin has something which Minnesota doesn't ... rural DSL!
              Solvent exposure? Did you work for a chemical company or factory that used the solvent? (I worked in a factory for about 8 years that had all kinds of toxic solvents). I am glad you found a peaceful location to work on your business. Good luck!

              Originally Posted by 105724 View Post

              Health issues have forced me to the internet, away from a film biz career in H wood. At 23 yrs a social medicine doctor in Sydney didn't sterilize his instruments and I got gas gangrene. I complained of the intense pain but only got attention when I went into a coma, 8 months in hospital, crippled for life. I turned my anger to upscaling my career choice from boat building to film making. After slowly getting sicker and sicker over 25 years I was diagnosed with hepatitus C from contaminated blood transfusions, caused by cheap blood bought for the socialized medicine system from africa. I was recently treated with chemo for a year at a truly great hospital in los angeles called UCLA and miraculously the virus is in remission. I'm still too sick to work, and on morphine 24/7 at the age of 53, but I love the internet and have no choice except to succeed with an online income.
              ...and BTW, I am a poster boy for everything wrong with socialized medicine, but there is something worse than having socialized medicine, and thats having no medical system at all. You all need to protest something worth getting upset about, but Obamas medical proposal isn't it.
              My god man I feel for you - what a story! I commend you for your guts and attitude. You truly have obstacles that overcome each day that many of us could not imagine. Thanks for sharing!

              Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

              I have ME. I've had it for 33 years. I've been self-employed for 15 years - I got fed up with being sacked for being off sick, and i've never been able to work full-time.

              I had a major relapse 2 years ago which I'm still recovering from.

              Being self-employed and working online allows me to pace myself. I can work online even if I'm horizontal in bed (sometimes I get so weak I can't sit up - fortunately that doesn't happen too often)
              Thanks for sharing. It looks like your illness is what drove you to starting an online biz. Is that something that you can kinda feel coming on over time so you can work ahead or is it more like a Whammo!? I too have worked many hours from my bed.
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                Originally Posted by Didier Faucher View Post

                Panic attacks (controlled, but had this every day for more than 10 years),
                social phobia, anxiety disorder, continuous respiratory problems since
                January 2008 (similar to asthma, but 24/7), myalgia.
                My sister-in-law has anxiety disorders that usually develop into a full blown panic attack.

                I don't like going out in public (especially at Walmart) so I am definitely anti-social. Good luck to you!
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                • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
                  Originally Posted by samcarson View Post

                  I suffer from chronic pain 24 hrs a day due to a spinal disease Cervical Spondylosis and a failed surgery 5 years back.
                  The chronic pain ailments are the worse. Are you able to get around on your own still or are you in a wheelchair? My father-in-law went in for back surgery and came out wheelchair bound. He walked into that hospital and left being wheeled out. He's been in a wheelchair or scooter ever since.

                  Originally Posted by acedalright View Post

                  I get "aura" migraines which stop me from being able to see and thus work.
                  Haven't heard of that one, that must be tough and I imagine you wouldn't even want to open your eyes anyway when it flares up. Good luck with that!

                  Originally Posted by Lee Ellison View Post

                  I got given caustic acid to drink instead of lemonade in a pub,I was only 18 at the time just coming out of my apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician,this had a major impact on my life,to cut a long story short it left me unable to eat or drink again normally through the mouth everything I have goes through a feeding tube in my stomach I am connected to this machine 8 - 12 hours a day.
                  Thanks Lee
                  You wont believe this but I went to university to become a GMC certified mechanic (and look where that got me).

                  Sounds like you had a legal case against the pub and/or pub owner. That could have killed you. I am so sorry to hear about this one.

                  Originally Posted by Shawn Mason View Post

                  I suffer from anxiety and depression which often forces me to avoid going out to public places and makes it hard for me to keep up with the day to day.

                  I have a really difficult time dealing with stress and tend to just avoid any situation that might cause me any undue stress.

                  I had my depression take over and let my websites fade away (despite their success) back in 2005, it took me 3 years to get better and start rebuilding them.

                  I'm currently recieving a disability pension and supplementing the income with my online ventures. I'm just about ready to launch my first product in 4 years, and I'm feeling pretty good about it.

                  I find keeping focused on positive things (like website development) help both my depression and anxiety.

                  Shawn
                  You and I are much the same Shawn. Infact if I never had to the leave the house it would be great. I am not getting disability but I am thinking of filiing for it. How long did it take for you to get approved?

                  Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

                  Wow, so many people living with tough health issues, yet still working hard to make it online. Truly inspirational!

                  I also get "aura" migraines about once every couple years. Just the aura and not the headache. Although scary at first, they aren't a big deal now. Just weird visuals that last about 20 minutes.

                  I also have eye "floaters" that drive me nuts while staring at a white computer screen all day.

                  Have mild anxiety and depression occasionally and also I tend to be a hypochondriac.

                  This thread is giving me a panic attack!
                  I am glad you are finding these posts inspirational - that is what I had hoped would happen. Now you can help inspire others with your post!

                  That is 2 folks with aura headaches - I had not heard about those up until today. I also hadn't heard about eye "floaters" though I think I know what you area talking about.

                  I am taking some really nice anxiety med - its the anti-depressants that aren't as effective in my case. Sorry if this thread gave you a panic attack.
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        Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

        Hi Netpiddler,

        I can relate to depression. I've had it most of my life. The "downs" severely affect my motivation, although I try my best to blame it on other things like being lazy. You are fortunate in having achieved your success despite your problems while I, on the other hand, am still floundering because shortly after I get a surge of energy, if sales don't come quickly, depression returns and I slow to a crawl.


        Sylvia
        I have been looking into depression recently and it is quite shocking. Many people may have depression and never know it. A bit like having diabetes and not knowing you have it till one day you get diagnosed. However in the mean time you are struggling and suffering and blaming yourself.

        Diet is a big factor in many diseases the best you can do is just always try to eat healthy - at least if you are eating healthy you can cut that option out should any further issues arise.
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        Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

        Hi Netpiddler,

        I can relate to depression. I've had it most of my life. The "downs" severely affect my motivation, although I try my best to blame it on other things like being lazy. You are fortunate in having achieved your success despite your problems while I, on the other hand, am still floundering because shortly after I get a surge of energy, if sales don't come quickly, depression returns and I slow to a crawl.

        In other posts, I've sort of kidded about having an ADD but I'm sure there is some issue there, especially when I try to work through certain problems. I venture down every angle and possible approach and end up confusing myself. I cannot hold onto one approach long enough to get the answer. This results in my lack of progress in some areas. Sylvia
        I've had depression for roughly 19 years but I just didn't realize I had it until I had a phsychotic break and became homicidal/suicidal. When you have that happen its almost like you lose control of your mind and body. You can say "I don't want to kill myself and your body says too bad you are going to die today, right now. Feel free to take someone with you before you end it." At this point I clearly had developed schizophrenia which is a family curse - great grandma tried to kill her family with an axe. My uncle who has it has tried suicide several times and also got out his shotgun and nearly went on a shooting rampage before he was talked out of it..

        Try not to let the lack of sales get you down. I know saying it and doing it are 2 very different things...
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    My disability is my obsessive/compulsive behavior of buying too many WSOs. I got enough stuff that I could probably earn 7 figures if I just put it into action!
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  • Profile picture of the author peetred
    Joe, I hope people don't treat you that way when YOU ever suffer from a life altering illness or disability. Diet and exercise are good and fine, but they can't cure everything. Our bodies fail, and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

    Not all people with type 2 diabetes are obese and have poor diets and don't exercise. Almost EVERY adult in my family gets type 2 diabetes as some point in their life, and at least HALF of them have NEVER been overweight. Kinda scary, but true.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by peetred View Post

      Joe, I hope people don't treat you that way when YOU ever suffer from a life altering illness or disability. Diet and exercise are good and fine, but they can't cure everything. Our bodies fail, and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

      Not all people with type 2 diabetes are obese and have poor diets and don't exercise. Almost EVERY adult in my family gets type 2 diabetes as some point in their life, and at least HALF of them have NEVER been overweight. Kinda scary, but true.
      My brother has been diagnosed with diabetes - he is quite overweight - He's around 325 lbs. at 6' tall - all fat. As far as we know, he's the first in our family to get it, but it's probably directly linked to his bad eating habits.

      Yet look at that young singer... one of the Jonas brothers - he's young, looks fit and healthy - and he has diabetes. You just never know.

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        Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

        My brother has been diagnosed with diabetes - he is quite overweight - He's around 325 lbs. at 6' tall - all fat. As far as we know, he's the first in our family to get it, but it's probably directly linked to his bad eating habits.


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        Raw food diet is excellent for reversing diabetes. Its eating all healthy fruit and veggies.

        People have come off insulin following a raw healthy diet.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dave Fowler
          What an inspiring thread. I suddenly feel very, very humble and guilty, yes guilty when I moan about the trivialities that age alone brings. Minor inconveniences, not the potential life stopping obstacles that many of the posters here have encountered and are constantly fighting against.

          Someone mentioned earlier that perhaps this should have been in the 'off topic' threads, but I don't think so. It may go some way to stop some of the whining from others that goes on when something doesn't go quite right with their plans and they think it's a disaster. To read what many of you are having to deal with and still keeping positive is a real 'kick up the a$$' for those of us who really have nothing to complain about.

          Thank you for your personal stories and I truly wish you the strength to overcome.
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            Originally Posted by Dave Fowler View Post

            What an inspiring thread. I suddenly feel very, very humble and guilty, yes guilty when I moan about the trivialities that age alone brings. Minor inconveniences, not the potential life stopping obstacles that many of the posters here have encountered and are constantly fighting against.

            Someone mentioned earlier that perhaps this should have been in the 'off topic' threads, but I don't think so. It may go some way to stop some of the whining from others that goes on when something doesn't go quite right with their plans and they think it's a disaster. To read what many of you are having to deal with and still keeping positive is a real 'kick up the a$$' for those of us who really have nothing to complain about.

            Thank you for your personal stories and I truly wish you the strength to overcome.
            Hi Dave,

            Thanks for your post. That is exactly the effect I was hoping these posts would cause. Let's hope more than just you "get it".
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    I have A.D.D. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and a really bad memory that always comes with ADD
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Dark
    I have severe Haemophilia, basically i have less than 0.1 % of clotting factor in my blood.

    So when i cut myself , it doesnt stop bleeding until i give myself an injection, likewise if i bash myself i get internal bleeding so i need injections for that too! I'm like a pin-cushion sometimes

    I've learned to live with it though. I'm almost 30 now though, and my elbows, ankles and expecially my knee's are beginning to show signs of the serious punishing they've had over the years. I had an accident last year which totally wrecked one of my knee's, so i'm pretty much confined to working from home now, which suits me as i need to look after my kids anyways and a job away from home would be pretty impossible for me to do.


    I suppose we all have to live with the hand we are dealt , and make the best of our situation - i don't see the point in wasting time worrying about it
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  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    Bravvo!

    Its really inspiring to hear how people keep their spirits high no matter what they may be facing. Serious disabilities and problems

    Many people have it all yet you will hear the most selfish attention seeking problems they have.

    They feel sick they need to go to the doctor!

    My problem is caffeine addiction leading to sleep issues. However its self induced.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    [quote=Netpiddler;1141462]After reading this thread: Ask Stupid Kid: Just because he's in a wheelchair people think he's stupid.

    I got to wondering how many fellow warriors have an illness, disability etc that they have to deal with each day while working on their Internet Marketing business
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    My Ailments:
    -- I'm weirdly uptight and serious at parties, so I avoid them.
    -- I have a phobia of cars, so don't drive.
    -- I've got extremely heightened sense of smell, causing me to feel nauseated if a little chihuahua across the street farts.
    -- I like watching UFC
    -- I get weepy at the most trite shows on TV.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      My Ailments:
      -- I'm weirdly uptight and serious at parties, so I avoid them.
      -- I have a phobia of cars, so don't drive.
      -- I've got extremely heightened sense of smell, causing me to feel nauseated if a little chihuahua across the street farts.
      -- I like watching UFC
      -- I get weepy at the most trite shows on TV.
      I too am a UFC fan. How about a picture of me with the most dominate welterwieght champion in the world - MATT HUGHES?


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        Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post

        I too am a UFC fan. How about a picture of me with the most dominate welterwieght champion in the world - MATT HUGHES?
        Wow, you're not kidding. You're a more gravely serious aficionado than me. I'm feeling better now, thanks.

        (Ever heard of a Canadian fellow by the name of Georges St. Pierre who also dabbles in MMA?)
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          Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

          (Ever heard of a Canadian fellow by the name of Georges St. Pierre who also dabbles in MMA?)
          Yep GSP is poised to become the NEXT most dominate welterweight in the world.
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  • Profile picture of the author A.Green
    Let's see, mild congenital heart condition that causes tiredness (I'm under 40 and can barely keep up with my aunts and uncles in their 60's. I *wish* I were exaggerating.) and occasional three-day migraines, preventable with proper sleep. Fortunately, I'm largely healthy. My biggest problem is severe jobdislikia. :-)

    peetred, >>Also unexplained pain/discomfort in my tail bone.

    Could it be a fracture? My mother has something like this because she fractured her tailbone in a fall as a child. Not much one can do about it, but that might solve the mystery.

    I'm also a huge proponent of the use of good nutrition, exercise, and natural treatments whenever possible, but they just don't always work.

    My dad's got clinical depression (caused by a neurotransmitter imbalance) and I was &quot;suspected&quot; of having it from age 10 or so to about 22. It is genetic, after all. As it turned out in my case, my problems were lack of sleep and poor nutrition. I'm nowhere near depressed now. My sister was once put on anti-depressants for headaches and it turned out she had a sinus infection! So yes, psychiatric illness can be misdiagnosed.

    For my dad, though, nothing helped but medication and he's happy and productive now. I *do* think certain illnesses become over-diagnosed &quot;fads&quot; and that nutrition and natural treatments are far underutilized, but the unfortunate fact is they can't cure all diseases. There's got to be a balance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    I won't bore you with the full details of my medical problems - I'll just hit the highlights.

    I can't walk more than a few steps - but I also can't sit down for more than an hour! I have chronic pain, brittle asthma, Type 1 Diabetes, hypothyroidism and a liver transplant. I have aspergers syndrome and severe depression.

    I officially have a diagnosis for the rest of my life as "unfit for work". This has all been creaping up on me for the past five years - ten years ago I was fighting fit (literally!) and full of health.

    The past year has been especially hard - as I have had to move from my wonderful flat to assisted living - then endure an "investigation" as the governemtn were concernd I was defrauding teh benefit system as they "discovered" I was not living in the property that I owned!

    The only upside to this whole mess is that I have discovered who my true friends are, I've seen some amazing kindness and consideration from complete strangers, and I've see a few fools.

    Sometimes the simplest thing can knock me back - and when I am not feeling good to start with setbacks can appear blacker than they are.

    But I am determined - I am not ready to be written off. The internet age means that I can work at home, I can work when I am able - and I won't live the rest of my life on disability, just existing until I finally die!

    I'm going to get my PhD, I'm going to eat in expensive restaurants, I'm going to buy that great dress,I'm going to buy my best friend her favourite perfume, I'm going to invite all my friends around to mine for a BBQ. It won't be quick - It won't be easy but I am going to do it.

    I'm not ready for the scrap heap!

    Nicola
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  • Profile picture of the author eagleeye
    I wasn't going to say anything because I don't like to talk about it and I don't like sympathy. But after reading about everyone's ailments I decided to tell you a little about me.

    I've been fighting problems with my entire spine since I was 18. I have what is called severe Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). It's very common and pretty much everyone will get it at some point in their lives but usually not until much later in life.

    I have been in some kind of pain for 37 years. I went as long as I could without pain meds but finally succumbed to pain killers about 15 years ago.

    I've had 3 surgeries, 2 on my neck and 1 on lower back. I had one disc EXPLODE into 3 pieces (that was the medical term the surgeon used) and 1 large sharp piece became lodged against my spinal cord. Wife had to call 911 on that one and I had emergency surgery the next morning to remove 3 pieces. Doctor said I was extremely lucky. If I had moved the wrong way it could have severed my spinal cord.

    In 1996 I finally couldn't take the pain and paralysis anymore. I was 50% paralyzed over 50% of my body from the neck down. Basically what that means is depending on the position of my neck different parts of my body went numb. If I didn't have the surgery my doctors (a team of 5 top neurosurgeons in Dallas) said that there was a 100% chance I would be paralyzed from the neck down in the very near future. With those odds I didn't have to think long to approve the surgery.

    I had a C4 through T1 spinal fusion to correct that problem. They took some bone out of my hip and placed it in my neck and bolted everything back together with a Titanium plate and nuts and bolts. That did get rid of the paralysis but the pain has never ceased. In fact it just keeps getting worse as my discs keep deteriorating. Now that almost my entire neck has been fused together I have very little neck movement.

    Enough of that.

    To sum it up I've been I've been on every pain killer there is and the one that works the best seems to be Oxycodone which I've been on for 10 years now. I haven't' worked in 3 and a half years and I'm on Social Security Disability.

    The fixed income is nowhere near enough so that's how I got into Internet Marketing to try and make a little bit to supplement SSDI.

    Thanks for listening.

    Jeff Sargent
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Hi Jeff - thanks for taking the time to contribute!

      You said you have been having problems since you were 18 - is that when the DDD started?

      I can imagine with a condition like that it would be impossible to get comfortable (much less sleep) in any position.

      That's terrible that you had those surgeries yet the underlying illness is slowly continuing its destructive pattern.

      I am glad you decided to post for us and share your story as it will no doubt help someone. I just wish I had better words of encouragement for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
        I didn't think this thread would see that much action (though I am glad I did).

        If I missed thanking someone its because they disabled my thanks button for over use.

        If I didn't personally respond to everyone let me thank all of you now. I am sure some of you hesitated to share such personal information but I hope you feel better than you did.

        Good luck and well wishes to everyone who posted or just stopped by to read this thread.

        Keep fighting the good fight Warriors!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    When I'm asked "How are you?" one of my (slightly quirky?) answers is "You'd have to pull up a chair for a question like that. Where should I start? Well, I was born at a very early age..." They run away yelling "No! I don't want to know. I was just kidding when I asked. Please don't tell me how you are."

    I do have a couple slightly serious life shortening problems but have been so shocked by this thread that I won't even mention them. I guess the main thing is just "still breathing." It is really nice to have the net to communicate. I had no idea there were this many serious health problems around.

    best wishes everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Wow, reading this thread makes my problems seem so mild.

    I have suffered from depression and panic attacks for a few years, although the panic attacks have been well under control for quite a while now and the depression is only fairly mild now and I've been able to reduce my medication to quite a low dose.

    I have hypothyroidism which doesn't confine me to home or anything, but does make me quite fatigued and lacking in energy (I am due to get a blood test to see if I need to increase my dose of medication).

    I have a son with behavior problems and although not officially diagnosed, his last psychologist and last psychiatrist believe that he has Aspergers Syndrome (I think I have it mildly myself). He misses a lot of school because he basically just flat out refuses to go sometimes and this is a child you can't force to go - so it is hard for me to go into the 'real' workforce when I have him home from school a lot.

    Also unexplained pain/discomfort in my tail bone. Chiropractor fixes it for about a week, then back to the usual. It can get very difficult to drive long distances or sit at the computer for very long.
    I had this for a long, long time. I went to a physio for a while and a chiro but they didn't know what the cause was. The physio gave me some stomach strength building exercises which did help. I also had a water bed at the time and have since changed to a normal mattress and I think that has helped.

    @ JoeJ - unless you have had any experience with someone with ADD, ADHD or OCD you have no idea and no right to come in and tell people their issues are 'in their head'. My son doesn't have ADD, but his behavior problems are real. Before we faced these issues ourselves, I would look at kids who behaved like he does and think they are just bad kids, not disciplined properly, perhaps just have bad parents - I would think it was all a discipline issue - it's not until I had a child of my own with behavior issues that I KNOW that it isn't discipline issues. As a mother you know when there is something different, something wrong, that there is SOMETHING that causes the behavior. I won't deny that a lot of behavior issues are probably made worse by bad diet, lots of sugar in kids diets these days and so many additives and preservatives. These may be the causes, or part of the cause, or just exaggerate the illness, but the illness is still there, the predisposition for it is still there.

    Anyway, I feel for everyone in this thread, some of you are going through some terrible, terrible things and it really does make me realise how lucky I am.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Thanks for stopping in, sharing your story and offering feedback on the thread Sheryl.

      Also nice job giving a tongue lashing to joej.

      I hope you and your son get your illnesses under control so you can be comfortable as possible during the day.
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        Hi Jon,

        Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story with us.

        If you do have a minor form of OCD that could be a great asset to have if you can get your focus on building your empire.

        Best of luck to you and thanks again for sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author steve39
      Though many wouldn't necessarily classify this as a disability, I suffer from extreme social anxiety. It has had a negative effect on my life since childhood, and it is the main reason I am doing Internet marketing.

      To put it in simple terms - I am unemployable because I can't function around people and the workplace. I honestly don't know what I'd do if I couldn't make money on line.

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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
        Hi Steve,

        Extreme social anxiety is for sure a form of disability. Many of us (myself included) are like you in many ways.

        I am not a people person, don't care to interact with them (in person anyway) so yes internet marketing, day trading and trading the currency markets are perfect solutions for us to profit from home.

        Thanks for sharing your story with us!
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        • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
          Originally Posted by Netpiddler View Post

          Hi Steve,

          Extreme social anxiety is for sure a form of disability. Many of us (myself included) are like you in many ways.

          I am not a people person, don't care to interact with them (in person anyway) so yes internet marketing, day trading and trading the currency markets are perfect solutions for us to profit from home.

          Thanks for sharing your story with us!
          I can relate to this too, although I can do a job well, it's the interaction with the people that I am not good at. Having been out of the workforce for almost 12 years now, the thought of returning to work amongst people terrifies me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      Anyway, I feel for everyone in this thread, some of you are going through some terrible, terrible things and it really does make me realise how lucky I am.
      I agree, Sheryl.

      And some people might look at this thread title and think it's gonna be something depressing, but it's actually a very uplifting discussion (not the suffering, of course, but the battling through the suffering. Reminds me of a Helen Keller quote: "The world is full of suffering; it's also full of overcoming it.").

      It's also reminded me how lucky we are to be around at a time when it's so easy to work from home thanks to the Internet. A lot of us are doing work we love and that has a positive impact, and it just wouldn't have been possible 20 years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    I have a very mild form of cerebral palsy which I've dealt with my entire life, and also a general/social anxiety disorder that can be trigged by just about anything or even nothing at all at times. Although, I wouldn't say that I have a compulsive disorder. I would say that I'm somewhat of a compulsive person at times feeling as though I need to do this or need to do that or else.
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  • Profile picture of the author billaaa777
    Alcoholism and spending all my money chasing women, do those count? Or am I being too superficial?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by billaaa777 View Post

      Alcoholism and spending all my money chasing women, do those count? Or am I being too superficial?
      If you are serious about the alcoholism then sure you have a bonefide Warrior Forum affiliction.

      I actually would have thought we would have already had some people say that. Congrats - you are the first!

      (As I am sitting here with a mess of Coors Light bottles around me.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Jagged
        2 fold issue for me....

        #1....My girlfriend lived in Tucson, AZ....First off..she is a breast cancer survivor (7 yrs now...thank God)....then 5 years ago she was diagnosed with a rare variation of Macular Degeneration...which ususally affects people 55+.....she was 40 when diagnosed. Her sight is around 20/2200...in her words....it's like looking through a glass block. It's progressive...with no known cure....she is already classed as legally blind. (she uses a 24" monitor)

        She was unable to work outside the home...could'nt drive anymore. She lived with her 13 yr old daughter at the time.....shopping & school meetings were hard....
        Anyways....
        I was living in Brooklyn, NY....owned a construction company there....but realized she needed me now 24/7...so I pulled up shop in 2004 & moved to Tucson to care for her & her daughter....

        She always "earned her way" and it was tough on her not being able to work anymore....so I started some online retail sites that she could manage & earn some money...it took years for them all to come around...but they are doing ok now...

        #2.......After only 2 1/2 yrs in Tucson...I began developing my own health issues....To top it off....this past January, 2009 I suffered a heart attack......construction was not in my cards anymore....so I turned what I began building with my affiliate marketing & offline marketing to a full time effort...

        Both of us now work from home....she manages over 20 online retail sites...earning approx 4k a month now....and she donates 15% off the top to the cancer foundation..........& my offline marketing business took off nicely bringing in another 5k to 8k a month....I make regular contributions to the local animal rescue shelter here in Tucson.
        My affiliate marketing efforts have yet to make a major impact in our income....but i'm sticking with it until I learn it & can make it work....

        Best move we ever made was to go full time.....working from home now affords me to be here for her & her daughter anytime & trust me...it's a lot less stressful than construction...lol

        Her daughter will be 18 this december...a senior in HS....is becoming quite the writer & graphics designer...will be taking both in college & helping to grow our businesses....

        Thats my story....and I'm sticking to it!!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author Gavenecko
    I am diagnosed with ADHD and a hypoglycemia.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      There are a few of us with ADD/ADHD so you aren't alone there.

      About your hypoglycemia - is that something like being diabetic where you are always measuring your blood glucose?

      Thanks for stopping in and sharing your story with us!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Is there something in the water at Tucson????

    Perhaps your heart attack was your sign to change your life to the one you're living now and much happier by the sounds of it. All things happen for a reason they say!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    This really has been an uplifting thread and since so many have come forward and been so open here's my story. I am bipolar, with borderline personality disorder traits, I have social anxiety disorder that just a year ago made it so I could barely go shopping (how am I overcoming it, forcing myself to face it), I also suffer from severe panic episodes. As a child I also underwent severe intervention for speech disorders. And on top of all of that, I have sociopathic tendancies.

    I have children with a wide range of disabilities as well, 2 boys with autistic traits who I am trying to raise the funds to get help for. They suffer from a wide range of related illnesses as well including anemia, OCD, ADHD, and various other disabilities in regards to speech. My youngest daughter has behavioural issues that have arisen since having eye surgery (she is only 3) and has a degenerative eye disorder that at it's current progression rate could cause her to lose sight in the one eye. My other half suffers from autism and Torrettes syndrome.

    So yah, lots on my plate disability, illness wise but if nothing else it pushes me to do things that much better and ensure I survive to help my children live better lives and show them, no matter what is "wrong" with you, you CAN be successful in life.

    Sylvia
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    • Profile picture of the author grandstar
      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      This really has been an uplifting thread and since so many have come forward and been so open here's my story. I am bipolar, with borderline personality disorder traits, I have social anxiety disorder that just a year ago made it so I could barely go shopping (how am I overcoming it, forcing myself to face it), I also suffer from severe panic episodes. As a child I also underwent severe intervention for speech disorders. And on top of all of that, I have sociopathic tendancies.

      I have children with a wide range of disabilities as well, 2 boys with autistic traits who I am trying to raise the funds to get help for. They suffer from a wide range of related illnesses as well including anemia, OCD, ADHD, and various other disabilities in regards to speech. My youngest daughter has behavioural issues that have arisen since having eye surgery (she is only 3) and has a degenerative eye disorder that at it's current progression rate could cause her to lose sight in the one eye. My other half suffers from autism and Torrettes syndrome.

      So yah, lots on my plate disability, illness wise but if nothing else it pushes me to do things that much better and ensure I survive to help my children live better lives and show them, no matter what is "wrong" with you, you CAN be successful in life.

      Sylvia
      I heard Noni juice and xango work well on autistic kids. Would give them a try immediately. I don't sell any of them so not making money off you.
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    • Profile picture of the author smartgirl
      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      This really has been an uplifting thread and since so many have come forward and been so open here's my story. I am bipolar, with borderline personality disorder traits, I have social anxiety disorder that just a year ago made it so I could barely go shopping (how am I overcoming it, forcing myself to face it), I also suffer from severe panic episodes. As a child I also underwent severe intervention for speech disorders. And on top of all of that, I have sociopathic tendancies.

      I have children with a wide range of disabilities as well, 2 boys with autistic traits who I am trying to raise the funds to get help for. They suffer from a wide range of related illnesses as well including anemia, OCD, ADHD, and various other disabilities in regards to speech. My youngest daughter has behavioural issues that have arisen since having eye surgery (she is only 3) and has a degenerative eye disorder that at it's current progression rate could cause her to lose sight in the one eye. My other half suffers from autism and Torrettes syndrome.

      So yah, lots on my plate disability, illness wise but if nothing else it pushes me to do things that much better and ensure I survive to help my children live better lives and show them, no matter what is "wrong" with you, you CAN be successful in life.

      Sylvia
      Sylvia,

      Reading about your situation made me feel shame of myself for thinking I have a hard life but, at the same time, made me hopefull...I too have social anxiety disorder and panic attacks but you, girl, you are tough!

      Don't really know how is this illness still around you...You are so strong, curageous and fearless! Really! The anxiety should be afraid of you!

      Keep it up!

      Florentina
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      • Profile picture of the author cjjohn
        Originally Posted by smartgirl View Post

        Sylvia,

        Reading about your situation made me feel shame of myself for thinking I have a hard life but, at the same time, made me hopefull...I too have social anxiety disorder and panic attacks but you, girl, you are tough!

        Don't really know how is this illness still around you...You are so strong, curageous and fearless! Really! The anxiety should be afraid of you!

        Keep it up!

        Florentina
        I would like to chime in and give kudos and congrats to all who are so tough in the face of such adversity. And I do feel inadequate when relating my own problems. I am giving up.

        I've suffered from panic attacks and social anxiety for many years, stemming from an abusive childhood. I fought my way to adulthood and vowed that my own children would never know the disloyalty and abandonment that I did. They are my only source of pride.

        I am 52 years old and can no longer work outside my home from chronic back pain and, now, a disintegrating hip. No pain meds for me, not that I could afford them if I wanted them. My 60-yr old husband was screwed out of his retirement by a large corporation and now works for minimum wage.

        When I first met my latest doctor (4 years ago) I told her I wanted to start disability paperwork (it takes 2 years of paperwork for disability to even consider a hearing in my state). She said she doesn't "do" disability and that she'd rather "get me healthy again" so I can go back to work. I said, yeah. After all, I am young enough to still be working and getting healthy again would be great!

        She never did a thing about my back problems. No x-rays, no MRI's, nothing. Nor has she done anything about any of my other problems, for that matter. In fact, 6 months ago, when I had a full-blown panic attack in her office, she told me to--and this is a direct quote--"get off your pity pot."

        It was then that I realized she didn't really care about my health, despite the fact that she insisted on mammograms every frickin' year--the only thing she seemed to REALLY care about. She must be getting kickbacks or something.

        You see, I never knew I was suffering from panic attacks. They'd been getting worse over the years, and on the day I had one in her office, I was unable to breathe--which increased my panic because I thought I was developing COPD, which my mother had developed and died with. To have her tell me to get off my pity pot was a final blow. She is no longer my doctor and I doubt I'll ever find one that really cares enough to help. But I've been on a downhill slide ever since.

        I was diagnosed with major clinical depression in 1997. No meds for that either, even if I could afford them, because I can't seem to find one that doesn't "zombie-fy" me.

        I have been online since 1996. I was there when GeoCities and WebTV sprang to life, and I was instrumental in leading WebTVers in learning how to build websites at GeoCiuties in spite of WebTV's limitations. I was even gifted with 10 shares of Yahoo stock when Yahoo bought GeoCities.

        But I never really caught on to how valuable the Internet would be to me as a business venue until 3 years ago. I know this can work... and I have been working doggedly ever since. But I have nothing to show for it. No income and plenty of outgo. I can't keep this up.

        So I am throwing in the towel. I give up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Wow, you sure have it tough Sylvia, I was just reading your blog and you had me in tears. I find it hard enough coping with 3 children and just 1 with behavior issues, how do you do it???
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    • Profile picture of the author ladyjane
      I've had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since I was 16 and had a knee replacement when I was 30. It was good for 5 years, then last year it started going bad, and I can no longer straighten my leg. I'm having surgery on it next week to straighten it out again, but I've had to go out of work on disability, and have now been out for almost a year. The arthritis also prevents me from straightening both my elbows and lifting my left arm above my head, and my wrists are slightly deformed from the arthritis. Overall, though, it's pretty well controlled with medication.

      I've had OCD since I was 11 and have been getting panic attacks on and off since I was 25. I also have generalized anxiety disorder. The panic and anxiety runs in my family on my mom's side.

      This sometimes interferes with my online businesses, as I'm sometimes feeling too anxious to do anything productive. But I'm also blessed in that I CAN stay home and earn a living on the days when I'm feeling motivated and strong.....and my schedule is always my own, which is just priceless. I've tried working office jobs, and they're nothing but misery to me. I need my freedom!
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      • Profile picture of the author sandangel
        WOW!! After reading through this thread I should never feel alone again. With all of you sharing on such a personal level makes me aware that we are all true warriors!!

        I myself suffer from IBS, though it is not life threatening, it is disabling any given day. I also was diagnosed several years ago with ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression Disorder. The meds I have been on for years help control all of that thank goodness. I pulled a stupid one a few years back and decided I just didn't want to take these meds any longer - what a mistake! I hit rock-bottom and was so suicidal. For obvious reasons, I won't be going off my meds anytime soon, LOL, more like never again!

        Here I am now, alive and kicking. I am also so fortunate that I stumbled across the Warrior Forum one day, not that long ago. This is truly an awesome community and I am blessed to be a part of it.
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      • Profile picture of the author grandstar
        Originally Posted by ladyjane View Post

        I've had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since I was 16 and had a knee replacement when I was 30. It was good for 5 years, then last year it started going bad, and I can no longer straighten my leg. I'm having surgery on it next week to straighten it out again, but I've had to go out of work on disability, and have now been out for almost a year. The arthritis also prevents me from straightening both my elbows and lifting my left arm above my head, and my wrists are slightly deformed from the arthritis. Overall, though, it's pretty well controlled with medication.

        I've had OCD since I was 11 and have been getting panic attacks on and off since I was 25. I also have generalized anxiety disorder. The panic and anxiety runs in my family on my mom's side.

        This sometimes interferes with my online businesses, as I'm sometimes feeling too anxious to do anything productive. But I'm also blessed in that I CAN stay home and earn a living on the days when I'm feeling motivated and strong.....and my schedule is always my own, which is just priceless. I've tried working office jobs, and they're nothing but misery to me. I need my freedom!
        Try noni juice and xango for your arthritis dear.

        I too have an anxiety disorder but also ADD as well. I find it difficult walking down the street but I will overcome it now!

        Want to buy add-care.com but can't afford it at the moment. Quite down.

        I wish you the best. Hugs
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    • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      Wow, you sure have it tough Sylvia, I was just reading your blog and you had me in tears. I find it hard enough coping with 3 children and just 1 with behavior issues, how do you do it???
      Sheryl,
      I don't think so. My mom always taught me, no matter how bad your situation is someone's got it worse and I do my best to remember that in days that seem too hard to handle. And I know I have 5 wonderful children who look up to me and after me for how to handle the world, and the best way I can teach them to do it is by doing it myself, and showing them no matter where they come from, and what they face, they can be anything that they so choose to be in their lives.

      Sylvia
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      • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
        Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

        Sheryl,
        I don't think so. My mom always taught me, no matter how bad your situation is someone's got it worse and I do my best to remember that in days that seem too hard to handle. And I know I have 5 wonderful children who look up to me and after me for how to handle the world, and the best way I can teach them to do it is by doing it myself, and showing them no matter where they come from, and what they face, they can be anything that they so choose to be in their lives.

        Sylvia
        Sylvia, you have my deepest admiration. You are an amazing woman. I hope success blesses you so you can get your boys what they need.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
          Wow the stories just keep coming in!

          Thanks so much to all of you for opening up and sharing your story. I had hoped this would be an inspirational thread that would help a lot of folks rethink their current situation in life.

          Thanks to you all I think we have done that in a caring and understanding way.

          Thank you all!
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      • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
        Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

        Sheryl,
        I don't think so. My mom always taught me, no matter how bad your situation is someone's got it worse and I do my best to remember that in days that seem too hard to handle. And I know I have 5 wonderful children who look up to me and after me for how to handle the world, and the best way I can teach them to do it is by doing it myself, and showing them no matter where they come from, and what they face, they can be anything that they so choose to be in their lives.

        Sylvia
        You have a great attitude and are an inspiration. You're right though and I need to remember it myself that there are many people out there who has got it worse. I always think I've got it bad but really I am very lucky, there are so many people who have it much worse, you only have to read this thread to realise that.

        I'm going to subscribe to your blog so you can keep inspiring me
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick B
    In the past 10 years I've had 2 heart attacks, ulcerative colitis that damn near killed me, and severe side effects to two medications one of which also almost killed me (I had the most severe cough you've ever seen for two weeks - 24 hours per day).

    Through all of that, I've been able to put in a decent work week online with a few very short exceptions. In most any other line of work, I'd have been on Government disability payments, on the street, or dead.

    My health is pretty decent right now and I'm able to live a reasonably normal life. There's often pain and/or discomfort but after a couple of heart attacks, most pain seems inconsequential.

    Besides being thankful for my internet income, I'm also thankful for modern medicine. I'm on my fourth life now and the doctors just keep patching me up over and over again. Hey, look at Dick Cheney! That guy's had like 6 or 8 heart attacks. He'd have one on a Monday and return to his vice-Presidential schedule on Thursday! I only spent one night in the hospital after each of mine. It's amazing!

    For sure ... fifty years ago my illnesses would have disposed of me by now and in today's world I'm only slightly disadvantaged! Thanks to modern medicine I've already lived longer than 99% of all humans that ever existed and I'm still a rockin' and a rollin'!

    I just hope that I outlive my mother. We all should have her health! She'll be 80 next March.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Giannetti
    i have tinnitus.... constant ringing...

    very hard to concentrate...stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
    Hey threatlevelorange,

    You are up there in The Iceman Chuck Liddell country San Luis Obispo... (former UFC light heavyweight champion)

    Never been there but its nice up there from what I hear.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
      Type two diabetic, although I don't consider it much of a health problem in my case. My sciatic nerve is jacked up right now, but that's more irritating than anything, and temporary.

      Although as a diabetic, suddenly having a few toes go numb is pretty unnerving.
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    I am addicted to smoking weed..
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    I can't stay at one job for more than a year.
    It is some sort of sickness that I have.
    Just about 1 year on the job now and getting ready to leave soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author emjei
    Any kind of illness is not the reason why you can't succeed in life..just persevere and achieve your goal
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert T Jillie
    I'm a Paraplegic and use a wheelchair. I was in a motorcycle accident in 2000. I hit a Moose so I figure I'm lucky to be here at all...
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  • Profile picture of the author grandstar
    I have social anxiety disorder and ADD.

    Tough though but I am bigger than anything that happens to me. Anything but God.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Not defending Joe,
    But,
    The minute you let your disability (real or not) define you, it is over.
    Obviously anyone either making a living or trying to here is also not (or trying not) to let their disability 'define' them
    in spite of that, I find it can be an excuse to myself to do 'less than' when I allow it to.
    (which I sometimes do, to be honest)

    It is easy to say
    "I would have had this done 2 weeks ago"
    or
    "that done a month ago"

    Fact is I cannot even type a 40 word post without spelling 10 words wrong let alone write 5 articles a day. Constant pain is a focus killer. (so are pain and other meds). One thing about doing work for another biz, it eliminates the excuses. Even when true, they don't want to hear it. Helps grit ones teeth and get to it anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alminc
    I have a recurring back pain, which actually keeps me away from my computer and internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      I can't believe this thread got started up again.

      I can now add to the list of my illnesses - the woman I have been with for 20 years walked out on me the day before Thanksgiving which makes me sick on a number of levels.

      She couldn't deal with my schizophrenia and told me I should be committed before I hurt myself and/or others. Obviously I wouldn't hurt my family but that is something she does not believe or can understand.

      I spent Thanksgiving alone and our 20 year anniversary is on Christmas Eve - eve. (Day before Christmas Eve). Merry Christmas eh?

      Anyway thanks to all that contributed to this thread, I hope it helped someone.
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    • Profile picture of the author D.K. Magnus
      When I was in my early 30s, I was working a 70 hour a week, high stress job,and I developed severe ulcerative coilitis. Couldn't be controlled with medication.

      I was unable to work for 3 years, and only able to work part time for the next 4 years. Almost became homeless.

      Started getting sicker, and the DRs thought I had colon cancer.

      Had my colon removed, and now have a J-pouch inside me.

      The ulcerative colilitis left me with rheumatoid arthritis, as a side affect.

      Talk about karma.
      I used to think along the same lines as joej.

      I was into body building and martial arts, before getting sick. I have a lot more compassion for people who have other illnesses, even if I"m not that familiar with what they have.


      By the way joej.

      I still go to the gym and in my early 50s can still lift 300lbs off the floor, squat 300lbs and bench 240lbs.

      But I have a hard time working on my feet for more than a few hours and stress cause my digestion to "go south" really quickly.

      It's easy to judge other people and give advice till you've walked in their shoes.

      Dar
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    Marx, Kudos for all you do for all those who need you, in spite of your own issues.

    Mike,
    You'll make it through it, you've already living through everything else, just another road bump in the journey of life.

    D.K,
    Karma can be really nasty when it bites you in the backside, but it looks like you have learnt from the experience and are not letting it slow you down, congrats on that.

    My new illness to add to my list...there is something wrong with my left kidneys, doctors aren't quite sure what it is, but I am now on pain meds just to get through the day and a bunch of other meds to fix all the "possible" causes for the kidney issue. Worst case scenerio, they will take the kidney, which wouldn't be so bad, but my kidneys are about the size of a 12 year olds instead of an adults.

    Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author digidoodles
    I have lupus. Well, that's what it was diagnosed as. It's actually some sort of autoimmune disorder, yet to be named.

    I also have kidletitis. I have 5 of them and can't get enough of my 5. (No more for me though!)

    I have debilitating migraines, horrific when I am pregnant. I was once in bed for 13 days straight with a migraine. I finally went to the ER and was, subsequently, hospitalized.

    Topamax helps those migraines. Unfortunately, lack of health insurance, prevents me from taking it.

    Warmly,

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  • Profile picture of the author smartgirl
    I have general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Because of that I developed all kinds of fobia, the hardest one to handle being agoraphobia. I too learned to live with it ( we have to!) but it greatly affects all aspects of my life.
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  • Wow, after reading this thread, I feel blessed to have use of only one hand after slicing through a tendon on Thanksgiving. They tell me they sewed it up and that I should be able to use it again in a month or so.

    Much smaller problem than others have described.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kate Furst
      I have scoliosis, which most people don't believe when they meet me--they expect me to be hunched over, when really my spine curves side to side. It's not too bad typically, but now I'm pregnant too! Sitting too long gets to be tough, as does standing or laying down
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    Asthma (not as bad as other things people have listed) Eczema (stupid skin issues) and stump thumbs

    But honestly nothing too bad, I got a few buds who have diabetes and stuff, heck a girl I used to date was deaf! (She was sooo cute...I should look her up!)

    Cool thread though, interesting stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author ggross
    wow, loaded question. I have degenerative disc disease in my back, severe depression, & heart problems. Keeps me from doing the Rest. Management that I am used to doing. Been fighting the government for two years now trying to get SSD. So, here I am, still trying to do my best & provide.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Sussman
    My ailments are:
    Tinnitus - Causes massive depression and anxiety at times.
    Eye floaters - not too bad, but pretty annoying.
    Gout - Pretty much under control through medication. But when I get a full blown attack, the pain is unbelievable.

    The worst of the three? Without a doubt, its the tinnitus.

    Adam
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    • Profile picture of the author pink sapphire
      I've had chronic neck pain for about 13 years - with no obvious cause or remedy, so I've learned to live with it.

      I also get adult acne if I don't keep my diet under strict control (no sugar, wheat, junk foods...)

      I experience social anxiety too - not to the point where I can't function around others, but I'm much happier working alone at home, and that's why I love IM so much - I can communicate via writing, which is less stressful than face to face or talking on the phone.

      And right now I need a filling & have toothache on and off
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Stepp
    I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when I got out of the Army. I also have bad hearing loss and two knees that don't always work.

    I was told that I need surgery to rebuild both knees, but I'm a full-time college student, so I can't afford to be out of commission for 6+ months. There are online classes, but not every class I need to take is online.

    It sucks when someone calls and says "Hey! Wanna come play football?" - and I have to say no because my knees can't handle it! I sure miss playing football!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Stepp
    Thank you Alexa

    The government will definitely pay for the surgery on my knees. I'm just waiting for the right time.

    I think I will get the surgery done when I finish my degree. It will give me a legit excuse to be lazy and do nothing at all for 6 months!
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    • Profile picture of the author ajbarnes777
      Wow, this is such a touching thread.

      I have been dealing with patellar tendinitis in both of my knees for the last 3 years. This is a huge problem since I am very active with physical fitness (basketball, exercise, etc.). This problem is ongoing and it restricts me from comfortably doing simple things such as playing my kids or even driving.

      I also have partial deafness in my left ear since I was young which has kept from doing something I wanted to do since I was a kid and that was to join the U.S. Marines! Besides that, I go through life with the frustration and annoyance of constantly asking people to repeat themselves... which in turn makes everyone else annoyed.

      But, with the grace of God, and my stubbornness (lol), I have been able to deal with the problems I am having through self-treatment, physical therapy, and I also have developed somewhat of an ability to lip read to help me with my hearing problem.

      With that said, my problems pale in comparison to what a lot of you have mentioned you are going through, so I am by no means complaining about my issues!

      I wish everyone well and enjoy the Holidays!

      God Bless!
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    Wow, I feel almost blessed after reading this thread. About the worst thing I've got going is catching the occasional cold or bug the kids bring home from school.

    I will say this, recognizing many of the names in this thread, it's admirable to see you pursuing IM without wallowing in self-pity, like less determined folks will.

    Kudos to all of you
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    My whole word seemed to cave in on me a few years ago. I was working 18 hour days to keep my company afloat. The stress became too much for me to handle in the end and I became ill. Eventually I got diabetes.
    Its why I chose to make a living online. Life is more laid back here.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinw1
    RSI in hands, wrists, shoulders and one elbow here (from way too many hours at a time doing software development). Luckily IM means I can do my 5 hours a day on the computer in spaced out chunks and still get something done, but it's been a long road. Sustained focus for extended periods is seldom an option any more.

    My daughter has fibromyalgia and tendonitis in her hands (at 25) and I've been starting her off in IM, but as normal, not seeing fast results.
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  • Profile picture of the author RebeccaL
    I'm lucky, no illnesses here (knock on wood).
    Now if only my eyesight were better, I'd get less headaches... but I think thats a small problem to deal with compared with some of you here!
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    When I was a baby my nerves in my brain, or something with my brain didn't wake up. Now I can hardly see out of my left eye and my right is better but I still have to wear thick glasses to see properly but I can only see properly out my right eye with glasses.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolaTewhare
    At the age of 28 I was diagnosed with schizoaffected disorder. I am not one to make excuses but I found it hard to get a conventional job after my illness after 10 years of working. I found the opportunity to work online, studied for a few years and opened my business. I work online with a dropshipping business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    I have type I diabetes - for 45 years now. That caused kidney failure. Had a transplant 11 years ago and all is good.

    Lost the site in my right eye and had extensive laser and conventional surgery in my left - but have 20 / 25 vision in it now so can function just fine.

    Also both my knee tendons ruptured at the same time 10 years ago. Had surgery for that but they still don't work too well.

    Despite all that I never complain. I held a job as a computer analyst and programmer for 18 years, had my own business running a video store and now have a successful internet business since 2005. I don't think it stops me from doing what I want. I just deal with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Optimist Cam
    I have obsessive compulsive disorder and I hate it. My worst compulsion is to wash my hands after touching food packaging, bathroom door handles, magazines,books, etc and clothes Ive worn on public transport.
    My hand washing is getting so ridiculous I might start cleaning all the food packaging before I put everything away, then i wont need to scrub my hands so much.

    I spoke to my doctor about it and he wanted to refer me for counselling but im not sure how that would help so I declined.

    The older I get the worse my symptoms get.
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  • Profile picture of the author Love_Money
    i have adrenal fatigue issues. Feel very tired in the morning. This forum helps me a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
    Wow, Very inspired by this thread. Never knew there were so many warriors out there with these kinds of disabilities, but pressing ahead anyways. Very impressed with the type of determination most of you have in not giving up. It is definitely a very good example for me... I am all sad that I had to ship my family to live with my parents, so we can cut some corners due to the tough economic situation right now. You just inspired me to work even harder! thank you for starting this thread Mike.

    And to answer your question, I have a heart murmur. Never caused me any big problems, I have noticed that my hands and arm joints started to hurt a bit more than the usual, but is probably due to excessive typing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
      I am truly inspired by each and every one of you who despite having a major illness and have had suffered for most of your life with that illness, continue to press on and continue to have a positive outlook in life.
      I cannot imagine how tough it is to live with some of these disabling illnesses each and every day. But despite the obstacles of enduring such debilitating diseases, each and every one of you is a true testament of courage, will power and determination. The positive attitude in this thread is inspiring, and it goes to show that sometimes when we go through are darkest hours is when we realize how strong and resilient we really are.
      I just would like to thank all the warriors that shared their daily struggles and their determination in continue working hard and making it in Internet Marketing. As for many of you, Internet Marketing is a dream for me too, and I hope we can all look back one day with a satisfying grin in our faces and we can proclaim: I DID IT!
      This thread is priceless, and is actually one of those threads that you want to read every single reply, no matter how big the thread is. There is no WSO in the warrior forum that has equal value in life lessons as this thread have.
      I hope everyone still fighting the good fight, and I leave you with this quote.
      "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
      -Unknown
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    As for me, I have a NUMBER of differences. Most are somewhat hidden, etc... If I tell people about them they can't relate, or think I am making stuff up, etc... I guess things started showing up as early as 11mo or so, and they started subtly affecting my life perhaps around 6yo. Some are actually good, but some are bad. ICSM but the GOOD would sound like braging, etc..., even though like monk often says.... "It is a blessing and a curse."

    And I WAS diagnosed with ADD, but it is selective. I can be hyperattentive. i mean I have actually gone the night studying something into the next day. Luckily, I am NOT a diabetic, at least not yet. Type 2 HAS run in my family though. I have an abdominal hernia, thanks to the operation I had to secure my dissected aorta. I also have an artificial aortic root and valve. I ALSO have a bad back, and am far sighted.

    BTW the term ???? sighted is often misunderstood. It has NOTHING to do with how far you can see! Far sighted means that the unadjusted focal point is too far, or PAST the fovia. That means that the lenses have to bring it in so the focal point is right on the fovea. Sadly, with age and the fact that I listened to idiots about always wearing glasses to "get used to them", my eyes may have gotten less flexible, etc... When I got glasses it was to solve a problem I STILL have and I then, when I was about 35 or so, had 20/25 vision WITHOUT correction.

    I have other problems, like a couple created when some jerks tried to fix some hernias I had, when I was perhaps 14MO. I probably had every hernia in the book that a male could have.

    Steve
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