I am a 33 year old woman living in South Africa. I have been suffering with back problems for 10 years (damaged lumbar discs) & my condition has now deteriorated to the point where surgery for prostethic discs is unavoidable. My condition currently limits my mobility, ability to sit up & causes considerable, permanent pain. This is putting my career under severe pressure & cannot afford to lose my ability to work, there is no one who can take care of me if I can't earn an income. Also, I love my job.