Hello - Struggling
I just found this community and this is my first post. I have osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and I am really struggling to keep going at the moment. The condition affects my jaw too which is quite unusual and this is causing me chronic pain with eating and talking and I might need to have a jaw joints replacement as a result. It is starting to affect my work and life in general. My employer does not know about my condition and is not the supportive type. But I feel like this is getting worse so I will have to disclose it at work. Stress at work is making my condition worse. Does anyone have to share any tips on approaching an employer about the impact the condition has on you? were they receptive if you did this? or do I need to face the fact that I might end up unable to work and if so how have people found the benefit system when you have these health conditions? I have not claimed any benefits for 20 years but I feel like I am slowly losing my battle with independence.