Ian Tait

I’m Ian Tait, I’m 54 and I live in the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland.
I was diagnosed with AS when I was 21. I worked in the electricity industry as a metering electrician with SSE for 24 years. In 2009 my neck fusion had become so bad that my driving license was suspended. SSE treated me very badly. I was told to sit in a small office and “find something to do” until they decided what to do with me. I sat in that room for 10 months before I finally broke down and sought legal advice. Within 24 hours I was pensioned off on a medical pension.
3 years earlier I had taken over our family farm from my parents. I was struggling to manage the farm and had a large overdraft to service. It was a dark time for me.
Humira changed my life. I’ve taken it since 2010 and now run not one but 4 farms alongside my daughter and her partner.
In 2016 my wife of 23 years left. We spent 3 years in court where she tried and almost succeeded in taking the farm from me . I didn’t see my then teenage children for 3 years during this time and my then wife repeatedly told the court that she knew nothing about me having AS.
By the end of the court proceedings she was telling the court how my illness had ruined her life!
I kept the farm and the children now live with me. It was a terrible time for us all but I’m now in reasonably good health. I work a part time job as well as the farms.
Never give up!

Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom

One Response to “Ian Tait”

  1. Dear Ian,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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