Earning A Living With A Chronic Illness: See How Jeff Davidson Does It And How You Can Too

Jeff Davidson doesn’t have RA, but he knows pain.  He has fibromyalgia, the condition Tamikka thought she had before she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  This video caught my attention because it fell in line with one of my goals, which is to help people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or their partners, who often want and need to be home in order to be there for their loved ones both physically and emotionally, earn a living from home.   Take a look at his testimony…

The home-based business Jeff is doing is called Amazon FBA and Merch.  I have only just begun to dabble with Merch – Amazon’s t-shirt printing service in which people can send in their designs and earn commissions when customers buy them, so I don’t know much about that just yet.  However, I have been selling goods on Amazon via their FBA program, and it has been producing a nice part-time income.  That combined with my freelance work has recently allowed me to quit my job.  My plan is to eventually start a program to help others living with or caring for people with RA do the same.

What’s really hard about having a debilitating chronic illness, in addition to the pain, is not being able to give your body the rest it needs to deal with living in constant pain; all because you have to go to work in order to keep your medical insurance and pay bills.  The obvious solution is getting on disability, but the the hurdles they throw in front of people really needing it make it hard to get on and the income typically doesn’t compare to what you can make at your job so you stay there…toughing it out…because you have to.

I was very hesitant in quitting my job.  How could I quit my job when my wife, who wakes up in pain everyday of her life, gets up each morning and continues to go to work?  However, we discussed it and after several months of wrestling with the idea, we decided it was worth a shot.  I would quit my job to grow the business full-time, and she would continue to work in order to keep her medical insurance until we can afford to cover our own health insurance.  It’s an enormous amount of pressure to carry around on one’s shoulders, but I know it is nothing compared what she is going through.

As I write this, it’s been a little over a week since I left my job, and while I love not having a boss to report to (besides Tamikka) I can’t really be happy until Tamikka is home with me, so I am throwing myself into the business, taking on freelance jobs, and doing what I can to make sure we stay afloat while growing the business.

In our case, it made more sense for Tamikka, the RA survivor, to stay at work, but maybe it is the opposite way around for you.  Perhaps in your case it is the RA survivor who must build the business and the supporting partner who will stay at work.  Whatever the case may be, Amazon FBA and other legitimate work from home jobs provide an opportunity for RA survivors to stay home; be it now or at some point in the future, so you can rest when you feel the need and not around a fixed schedule.

If you are feeling helpless and reaching the end of your rope with trying to maintain a normal job and fight RA, keep your head up.  I am not at a point where I feel comfortable coaching anyone on Amazon FBA, but I can tell you what I did to lead me to this amazing opportunity.  Start looking into Amazon FBA, as well as other opportunities such as Merch, eBay, Offer-up, and Letgo.  Start by going to Youtube right now and look up people who are earning living doing these programs, pick the one that seems the most interesting to you, and start looking at other videos about that same program.  Then take baby steps to starting your own business; following the instructions of the content creator who you relate to the most.  Heck, why not start with browsing through some of Jeff Davidson’s Youtube channel.


Tamikka & Michelle

Tamikka Brown-Green is an RA survivor, and her wife Michelle is one of her biggest supporters. As co-founders, they are on a mission to discover and share survival tactics for living and enjoying life with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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