||63 yrs old, disability retirement for 6 surgeries-two/three to go; but, I'm optimistic. I got my teaching degree while working as Para-educator (teachers aide) with Special Ed.(learning disabled) kids, Loved my job, but, no money. 3 months after graduated would have tripled wages as teacher and had to retire. Have had to stop traveling (mostly with sis) and lately even going to movies because of Disability Social Security not being enough to DO ANYTHING. I'm hoping after last of surgeries to at least be able to substitute at new high school close to my complex. I want desperately to get to your show one day hopefully when my sister can come visit me from Buffalo, NY. I know everyone tells her, but, I have watched Ellen on everything she has ever done and all her shows unless in hospital and she has a gift that is so special it's impossible to put in words. SHE IS THE REAL DEAL. Oprah had a gift too and I never got to see her. I REFUSE TO DIE-LOL-WITHOUT SEEING ELLEN.