I work part time as a massage therapist. I definitely don't get insurance through work. I was on my dad's insurance until a month ago because I had my birthday and was too old to be on it. Now I am on cobra which I believe I can be on for 18 months. It is $500 a month though so I definitely can't afford it right now, so fortunately my dad said he would cover it until the end of the year if I needed it and I could pay him back when I could.
I just graduated a few weeks ago and I'm hoping after I take my boards in a couple of weeks that I can find a job as a physical therapy assistant that will have insurance for me. Insurance is the ONLY reason I went back to school. I would rather do massage, but I needed a job with benefits.
I pretty much had a nervous breakdown a couple of months ago and have been getting a lot of treatment for anxiety. There would be no way we could afford it without insurance, so it sucks that basically the only option I have is to pay $500 a month out of pocket.