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Living With Fibromyalgia and Earning Money From Home

Living With Fibromyalgia and Earning Money From Home

A Guest Post On Living With Fibromyalgia

I am full-time self employed and have been fortunate enough to work for myself for the last few years. I work from home, full-time, and I have no boss to speak of. I don’t have to worry if I need a sick day and today I am going to share with you how this came about.

Back in 2009 I started to feel under the weather. My GP told me, time and time again, that I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I joined the gym, lost some weight and stopped smoking. Despite this I still felt unwell, worse than ever. Eventually I asked to see another GP within my practice who ran a number of tests.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease, that affects the thyroid. Then in more recent years I have been diagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia and a few ‘lesser’ conditions. I was fortunate in that medication was able to treat my thyroid, along with radiation treatment.

In 2011 my husband and I made the decision that I would start working part-time. For the next 2 years I worked in a jewellers. I really enjoyed it, and liked the people I worked with, mostly. However, what I didn’t like was that I would have to call in sick every month or two and I started to feel like I was affecting the small team I worked with. Eventually I quit, quite suddenly, and decided to go it alone, working for myself online.

Knowing how hard it can be to obtain sickness benefits in this country now I decided not to apply. This made me more determined to make money myself and this motivation has pushed me through some difficult times. However, I do realise how hard it can be for people to survive without these benefits and I don’t judge anyone who needs to rely on them.

When I stopped working I worried about money, however my lovely husband helped with that. He volunteered to take care of our rent and bills, leaving me free to spend the money that I made on fun for us. Over the years I have bought us a car, paid for holidays and helped us build up savings and become debt free. I have been able to repay my husband’s generosity and in a couple of years we should be able to buy our own home for the first time thanks to our hard work.

Despite being ‘better’ in some respects I suffer from the typical fibromyalgia symptoms. I have days where I have no energy, need to sleep but can’t because of insomnia and generally just feel rubbish. By exercising, keeping stress levels low and eating well, mostly, I am able to keep myself in the best health possible. Because I work for myself I am able to have days off when I need them. If I am having a good day I can push through and make extra money or look for more opportunities. Typically I find that working from home works really well for me.

Anyone with fibromyalgia, or an auto-immune disease like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, will know how hard it can be to make others understand how you feel. I have had friends in the past that have fizzled out when I don’t always want to go out gallivanting every single day. However, I have also come across other friends who understand that I can’t help having widespread pain sometimes and being a bit unsociable at times. My family have been supportive and in turn now that I am getting great opportunities through blogging I am able to share these out a little.

I am now making at least £2,000 a month, from a variety of websites and mobile applications. I feel blessed that I was able to take the leap, without relying on benefits, and become full-time self employed.

I love my life and have learned to appreciate the smallest things, like waking up pain free for a day, or enjoying some digging down at our allotment. Sure, there are bad days, even people without chronic illness have those, but when the good days are here I have the time to really appreciate them. I can take a day off whenever I want to, to spend time with family, and I haven’t had to miss many social functions for years now, besides due to illness. Because I never applied for sickness benefits I don’t have to worry if I do have a good day about somebody reporting me! I can take each day as it comes and live my life how I want to. I also get to spend my days at home with my beautiful new daughter – who took 7 long years to arrive! The last few years working from home have allowed me to focus on fertility treatments and obtain what we really want in life – a child and a great work/life balance.

If you are interested in finding out more about how I make money online you can visit my website at www.katykicker.com. I regularly share my monthly earnings and details of the websites and mobile applications that I use to make money online. Not all of the money that I make is easily achievable for everyone, as I have spent two years building up a website, however, you can make at least £500 a month using the different websites that I use. My methods for money making include paid surveys, matched betting, website testing, mystery shopping, taking part in focus groups and much more.

Take care
Katy Stevens

living with fibromyalgia

4 Comments

  1. It’s great to see that you’re not letting your illness get in the way of your goals! I am just setting up an online business selling on Etsy and I imagine the sales are not just going to roll in and I have to work on it, would love to expand into other ways of making money online.

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