Hello and welcome to My Money Spot. My name is Lisa, I’m in my early 30s and live with a crazy cocker spaniel Harry and an even crazier cat Schrodinger who ironically likes to spend most of his time sleeping in his travel box!
I have a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a genetic connective tissue disorder which means the recipe my body uses to produce collagen is incorrect. Collagen is the glue that holds our bodies together, most people’s collagen holds their bodies together nicely, mine is a bit too stretchy, this means that I am more flexible than the average person and am prone to dislocating my joints very easily. EDS also affects every system within your body; for me this includes dysphagia, hernia and internal bleeding.
I started to experience symptoms that interfered with my daily life when I was about 14 years old and by 19 years old I was very severely affected with what was then diagnosed as M.E this meant I missed out on a lot. It became impossible to work so I was medically retired from my part time job in a supermarket. I had to give up on my education and dreams of becoming a vet. Friends moved on with their lives whilst mine stood still.
I spent many years fighting my illness, trying to regain what I had. I became very depressed about this. My peers have been to university, they are settled with 2.4 children, a mortgage and a career.
This archetypal roadmap for life is not the only measure of success. It took me a long while to realise that whilst I am severely limited in what i can do I am still valuable, I still matter. I can be successful in my own way.
Disability is expensive and when you are unable to work and are relying on disability benefits; managing your day to day finances can become a real challenge. The last thing you want to be thinking about when you are in severe pain or completely exhausted is money worries.
Over the years I have learnt many ways to stretch my money to make it go a bit further. I want to share these tips with other people in a similar situation.