Well, it's been an interesting time, as the old Chinese curse says. I was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and have had my world changed nearly overnight.
One of the dilemmas that People with Parkinson's have, concerns working. Some of us have no choice - we are too young for Medicare and retirement, and for various reasons, don't qualify for Medicaid or Disability. In my case, I have too many assets and because I Iived in another country for years, don't have enough "credits" for SSDI.
I have applied to many different companies - ones that even say they are open to diversity and people with disabilities - but as soon as they hear the slur in my speech, it's a turnoff. Am I drunk? And then someone sees my unsteady gate and that's the end of it.
My solution? I want to work for a company that recognises my talent and the fact that I need to work remote - a company that is innovative in its approach to employment - so that's why I've applied to the visual designers Community (https://www.toptal.com/designers/visual). Toptal (for Top Talent) has gathered some of the best design and technical people who work as consultants on various projects. It's like working for yourself, but being part of a larger family of talented individuals.
I will let you know if they bring me on board. Meanwhile, good vibes and positive thoughts are all appreciated! In the meantime, my dolls are tucked away, waiting for me to figure out the next phase of my life. Thankfully, their loyalty is unquestioned. :)
- Melanie O.
To read more about my fight with Parkinson's, check out my Facebook community page: https://www.facebook.com/ParkinsonsSupportPage/