In an ongoing series studying how a rise in disability has reshaped parts of rural America, The Washington Post has chronicled the lives of people and families working to make ends meet while receiving disability benefits.

Throughout our reporting, we have learned that one of the most difficult aspects of receiving disability is not being able to work, either because of disability, or out of fear of losing benefits. Not only can that cause anxiety, it can also draw ire from neighbors and strangers alike.

“Every year when I go back to visit my extended family, they ask me the same questions: ‘When are you gonna get a job?’ … They don’t understand my mental illness. I listen to their lectures about ‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps’ and just sit in quiet humiliation,” one reader named Joseph wrote us from Olympia, Wash.

We want to hear from readers who have been, or are, on disability: How do you spend your days? How has giving up work affected your life? How did it make you feel? 

Submit your responses using the form below. A journalist may use the contact information you provide to follow up on your response. We may use your submission in related Washington Post coverage online, in print or on social media. Full terms here.