After working from 18 to 31, I decided to be a homemaker 17 years ago when my first child was born; it was always my plan to go back to work once my children were teens. In 2007, I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer, my thyroid was removed & my parathyroids were damaged during the surgery & do not function. I have since been hospitalized twice with kidney failure & hypercalcaemia & my calcium levels are monitored every few months. My mental capacity has been affected by the hypothyroidisms & the kidney failure and hypercalcaemia episodes. What used to be simple tasks are now often hard, my memory is terrible, and depression is much more prevalent; I have a lot more bad days then good. We pay for our own health insurance and getting SSDI and medicare would be so helpful.