I am on Social Security Disability and know that I want to eventually work again, but I cannot do either area I am trained in- not exactly as I did before cancer, anyhow. I would need to go back to school to be trained in other areas. My education is in Acting and some in child development. I was diagnosed while in school, so wasn't working for the year before cancer. I could go to school for playwriting or/and theatre management, but doubt I have the energy (at least now) to be on stage regularly, or even go on auditions. I like working with kids but I taught preschool and I definitely don't have the energy for it, nor the proper credentials in my current state. I'm not changing career paths drastically (I am an artist first and foremost), but need to add to my education so that I can aim my career in a slightly different direction. I have an AA and BA in Theatre Arts so I'm looking at the possibility of an MFA program. I have no idea how I will pay for it- SSD doesn't even cover my rent- but I feel like I need to do something to plan for the future. I don't want to be disabled forever; I am only 38. I'm not nearly as worried about discrimination as I am about feeling out-dated or lacking skills I can still use. I used to dance and now I can hardly walk in a straight line. Are there programs or assistance for re-routing a career, especially one in the arts (I feel like it isn't taken seriously), and can I keep my SSD if I go to school? Thanks.