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I'm in a real loophole and just can't find a way out.
Hello. I really don't think there is a way out but you never know. In a nutshell. I worked all my life. In 2007 (aged 38) I was very poorly and eventually the cause was said to have been a possible stroke. Took a year to get back on track. My employers were amazing. The illness left me with a rathere nasty condition. I now have severe hemiplegia migraines. I have on average at the least 4 to 15 individual attacks a month and about 3 clusters a year, always around the same time. The clusters can be a week if I'm lucky where I'll have 1cor 2ca day up to 5 months. I usually know when the migraine is going to trigger a hemiplegia episode. The migraines are bad enough but the hemiplegia episode starts with a tingle in my face which then leads to paralysis in my left side from 2 up to 8 hours. I have to get to a place where I can ly down on my right side until it passes. It is incredibly painful. It effects my eyesight and I cannot see properly for days after and it effects my speech which takes 72 hours or so to return to normal. I decided in 2014 to go back to uni and do a degree to retrain in my previous career as an illustrator. I had been in education for over 20 years and it was getting too hard needing so much time off. I got my degree and as it was too much working as well I gave up my job in October 2015 to concentrate on my last year. However, I had no idea what chaos this would cause. I had no idea as a mature student I had to pay my national insurance. I found out 18months in had a deficit of £1500. There's no way I could fill that. I have been desperately trying to work for myself and now with no income and no help I am in a real mess. We cannot survive much longer with just my husband working. I have tried for over a year to get a part time job. Who wants to employ someone who needs time out like I do? No one. With no income I cannot fund myself to promote myself. I cannot get any help as I have this hole in my NI .What on earth can I do? Hillbilliej