I had cervical/uterine stage 3b CA in 1988, treated with 7 wks external plus 3 days internal radiation followed by a radical hysterectomy. My health had been fairly good until 2010. I am a Registered Nurse since 1970 and have been working as a Travel Nurse for 3 1/2 years in various Recovery Rooms across the United States.
My problem is this: since January, 2010, I have started having severe abdominal cramping, gas, nausea, fatigue, blood in stool and food intolerances. These episodes have become more frequent and more intense within the last few months. As a result, I lost 2 assignments last year and was just dismissed from another assignment a few days ago. I am seeing a GI specialist on 4/5/11 due to these s/s and the fact that I am now incontinent of bowel/bladder function.
I have little money in my savings and 3 small retirements (I will be 62 in September) because I thought I would be able to work until at least age 70 or beyond. I have a mortgage, owe $14,000 in CC debt, do own my car. Will I be able to qualify for Disability Coverage and Medicare and how do I go about finding money to support myself (single) until the coverage comes about? I am stunned by the onset of my bowel problems and find myself totally unprepared as far as guidance on how to proceed.