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Man on disability would gladly trade places

6:55 PM, May 21, 2013  |  Comments
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After reading a letter in community views on May 9 about someone's narrow views on President Barack Obama, I feel he is complaining about me because I am now on Social Security Disability.

Last May just short of my 59th birthday I saw a neurologist about balance issues that were becoming more severe when I was walking. After a barrage of tests I was told that I have MS and because of my age there is no medications that can help me. Imagine that after working 43 years, the last 24 for Georgia Pacific, you are no longer useful because your balance issues make you unsafe.

If the writer is offering to trade places with me because I'm getting SSDI and he is not, I would be more then happy to once again be part of the American workforce, rejoin my friends at GP and he can experience the thrill of falling, having to walk with a cane, and watching your home become more handicapped-accessible, while you depend more and more on other people for assistance.

What's next, take away my handicap parking card?

I think it is your responsibility to think before you write.

Jim Connelly

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