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The lead in item for this group really spoke to me. I feel many of the frustrations, fears and anxiety expressed. I retired (forced out really) end of 2011 and have been struggling with learning to live in this new world.
I need the support of this group. Relatives (Mother, Sisters and Daughter) are not understanding and I have stopped communicating. Spouse relies on me for everything and my brain is so dazed and confused, I can't think clearly. Fear I have made and am continuing to make decisions without full knowledge, full disclosure from the people who just want the money or just want not to deal with me anymore. Have an IRA with Hartford - don't understand how it really works or if I did the right thing by setting it up.
I am a mess. Is there any help for me? Finding this discussion group is a start. Joining the money and health discussion groups next.
Menopause threw me into another world. The condition did not warrant a disability retirement but it clearly should be for it changed my quality of life and made the life I was living unbearable. The progression was slow and unkind. Didn't realize what was happening at first, tested for everything under the sun, depression set in, wasn't sleeping, eating, dragging though the day - hoping just to be able to stay on my feet, anger, saddness, quick tempered, mood swings, heart palpitations, anxiety attacks that felt like heart attacks. It has been hell and continues to be so especially at night. Worrying about future constantly.
So, to the Poster named - Scared as Heck - I know how you feel.