Tatyana the pension thing makes me so cross. It’s about £37k the government is fiddling us out of and I have practically no private pension because I’ve never been in a company that would let me have one (except one where I got six years worth in). All my life I’ve worked and expected to get a pension at 60 and now suddenly with a few years notice I have to wait another 6 years. I just don’t feel capable of working another six years and have my doubts as to whether I’ll live to 66, let alone years beyond that to claim it.
They also seem to forget that I started working full time at 16. None of this further ed and gap years they do now, starting work into their 20s.
My mum is 86 and will possibly outlive me and my sister who have both had cancer. She’s never been referred to a hospital. My dad on the other hand died of a heart attack at 66 having worked for the same company since he was 14. So he got one year of pension. Getting my state pension next January would have worked out just right for me. As it is I don’t know how we will manage.
Im surprised you have to wait till 66 if you are already 64. Thought you’d have qualified at 60 before the rule change.
Sorry Angela, I didn’t mean to rub it in. As you know, there’s a long way to go in the DIEP process, so fingers crossed.
I’m sure nobody would employ me at my age and with my health record. Doesn’t stop the government robbing me of 6 years of pension though, because they tell us everyone is living longer.
I don’t know much about benefits, never having had any. I could look into it. I really don’t like my job. My boss is an uncaring git. I just struggle with the fatigue and aches and pains. I don’t think there is anyway I could get another job with my health history (including other things that have been going on 5 years) and my age. I couldn’t do anything physical like shop work now as I’m just not up to it and with chemo brain etc I doubt I could do another office job. Wish they hadn’t moved my pension age!
with my BRCA test it came back normal, but they said I probably do have a dodgy gene somewhere, with my family history, but they don’t have enough info yet to test. If your test does come back as dodgy gene at least you will be able to deal with it. Knowledge is power.
Hi MIshy and Angela
I'm sort of enjoying the weather, but I am struggling a bit with the heat, especially when working. Also my garden is brown and straw like as we’ve not seen rain for about 6 weeks.
Ive just got my info pack through from East Grinstead for DIEP reconstruction and waiting for first appointment with surgeon. The whole thing terrifies me but I don’t want to be a uniboober forever so I’ve got to look at the options, not that there seems to be many.
I am getting tired of the Letrozole aches and pains and weight is creeping on although my surgeon says I don’t have much belly fat for making a matching boob. From my angle there looks plenty, 🤔
I am also coming to the realisation that maybe I should give up work. I’m 60 in January and struggling with working 20 hours a week and everything else. Trouble is that I won’t get state pension until I’m 66 and not sure we can live on just my husband’s pay. You are right Angela, cancer does cost a fortune one way and another.
Good luck with the liver biopsy Angela.
Good luck with the genetics test Mishy. My test came back as normal BRCA.
Im pleased they have an optimistic treatment plan for you. Fingers crossed everything goes well.
Hope you enjoyed lunch out. xx