Four years ago, my husband packed us up and we headed southwest, to California so he could pursue his dream job. I had only recently gone on a disability pension from the Canadian government. He got an H1B visa courtesy of Apple, while I got an H4 visa, better known as the 'kept woman'.
Leaving Canada was hard (leaving friends and family), and easy at the same time. At the time, I was still on the open-label portion of the Fingolimod trial. I found a neurologist that was at the same stage in the trial, in San Francisco UCSF . It was an hour's drive, but doable.
Since the drug trial ended, I changed care providers, and am with Stanford; much closer to home.
Since the H4 doesn't allow me to be 'gainfully employed', I volunteer. Places like the Santa Clara Seniors Center welcomed me, as well as the local food bank, where I did data entry and thank you phone calls. I was almost going to add Habitat for Humanity to my dossier, but common sense stopped me.