Bit of good news for a change! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Hi guys, I'm Antony, I am 42 now, I haven't posted for a while now, I have RA and fibro and been on enbrel for 6 years now

This is not to offend or gloat to people  but wanted to share my story with you guys as I have received so much good info from you all!

Basically my time with a massive company parted last August suddenly when after many battles and struggles with team leaders, managers and the dreaded HR ( heart removed) they actually realised I couldn't do my job! Really I was saying that for years!!

I was called in on my week off on a weds and told Friday is your last day! We will pay you your notice as they didn't think was right to make me work it and I was  granted a partial ill health retirement pension of which I could take it all as a lump sum!, which I did!

Was very generous to say the least, but I was now out of work! I had enough wages to tie me over so I took some time out, had a little think and decided to retrain as a canine hydrotherapist. My dog goes swimming as has hip dysplasia so I know the benefits of warm water and thought it would be beneficial for me too, like it is for him!

Anyway enough babbling on, I took a very intensive course all passed etc and found a unit to rent, found a company who install canine pools, decorated, bath/ shower installed and all that, and opened very scarily in October!

Was slow to start, but I can relate to the dogs in the warm water, and I have had no flares since opening and my disease is in remission and I now own my own business!

Yes I do worry about my condition, but If anything happens to me in the future at least I can pay someone else and I will still have an income coming in!

So 6 months in I am now making a profit and feel as good as I have in ten years, so I believe there is hope for all of us, it was just handed to me when I didn't expect it to!

Sorry if it seems like I am gloating but I'm still very happy and excited by it all, I don't mean to offend anybody!

Thanks guys for all the support in the past!

Ant πŸ˜„πŸ˜€

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  • Lovely to hear some good news, wishing you all the very best of luck

  • Brilliant , congratulations and well done you ! So inspiring xxxx

  • Well done and hope things go well for future

  • Thanks everyone!

  • Not gloating at all Ant, it's great to hear of someone succeeding after being "let go" & then having the guts to start a whole new venture, I wish you continued luck & much more profit. I hope you continue to be well too. 

  • Please do not apologise you have worked hard    retrained set up our own buisnes and all the time fighting RD.

    Congratulations, it is good to hear some positive news .

    Good Luck for your future and all the dogs you help.

  • You have reason to gloat darling after years of suffering and then to get retired on top of that because of your health. I wish you all the luck in the world with your new enterprise.xxxx

  • Congratulations I bet you wish you had done it years ago good luck 

  • Hello Ant, I'm feeling the warm glow of your well being great to here this positive news, I retired end of January after many years of struggling with ra and effects of meds.

    I got ill health retirement and some money we are now able to get a bungalow so no stairs!  

    The hydro pool is great for my poor body so I can see how it would help doggies too.

    Cheers 

  • Well done to you X

    Mary

  • Great news..very inspiring...

  • Lovely to hear your brilliant news. Glad it has all worked out so well for you. Well done x

  • Brilliant news and congratulations .

  • Hi, just wanted to say that I work as the 'dreaded HR' and also have RA myself.  There are some of us that are very good at what we do and try and ensure that all employees are supported, mentally and physically, so they can keep on working.  We do try!  I'm glad you ended up in a good place though. 

  • Hi Livvy5, I just wish you were at my company then, I know there are great HR's out there, I just had years of hell with people trying to change my contract without any consultation, take away my reasonable adjustments etc etc,and my condition was jepodized because of this! Sometimes people have to walk in our shoes to realise what we are saying. Thank you for your comment and support! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

  • Really well Done! You have turned things around brilliantly! 

  • Thank you for your kind words everybody really means a lot to me! πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Hi there. It is very refreshing to hear your good news. These conditions can be hard to deal with so I applaud you. Take care shaz

  • Hi Ant.  What great news.  I am so pleased that you have turned a bad situation into a positive one.  It also gives encouragement to anyone else in the same position so don't think you are gloating, on the contrary you are a role model.  I wish you all the luck in the world.  Best wishes.

  • That's great news and lovely to hear xXx

  • I m very happy for you! Great news and all the best!

    Sometimes, we worry a lot about things but we forget that God Almighty has plans for us. 

    Really happy for you :)

  • What a lovely outcome ,so good to hear positivity ,xx

  • That is brilliant news and so pleased for you! Best of luck in the future.

  • I love to hear stories like yours, well done, enjoy your success. X

  • What wonderful news!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Absolutely no offence.  Just joy at reading your good news.   I was looking for a local hydrotherapy pool as I know how beneficial it is.  I found one and it was surprisingly affordable. I then discovered that it was only for dogs!  Nothing would delight me more than doing my exercises with dogs, but sadly that isn't allowed. 

    I agree that positive things can come in unexpected ways.  One just has to be open to them.  You obviously we're, so congratulations and continued success with your venture.

    If there is a sudden increase in canine hydrotherapy pools around the country, you'll know why!    Jo

  • Thank you everyone for all ur kind words and continued support, couldn't have done this without the advice we all get from here!! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸŠπŸ»πŸ•

  • Inspiring! And actually very helpful, thank you!

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