Yes, i lost my job of over nineteen years about eight months ago. I was a loyal and dedicated employee to the largest agency in North Carolina. I cannot go into alot of details because i am currently in litigation with them because of the termination. Being a loyal and dedicated employee for nineteen years and having never had a write up nor a bad performance review does not always mean anything and certainly it did not mean anything to them. I found out the hard way, how "dirty" people can be. So there were alot of negatives to start with from the experience but there were some positives also. At least I had a friend that had gone through similiar circumstances and she gave me some really good advice on how to survive without a job and I have been surprised that I have made it this long, jobs in my area and alot of areas are hard to come by. One thing I have learned is, people are stronger than sometimes they think or know they are and hardships do make you stronger. My family has learned to live with less and I have found more importance in the people in my family and spending time with them then over having material things. For the first time my children and I shared a summer together and that was priceless. I realized how much I missed of their lives because of all the long hours that I was working. I do miss the work that I was doing and the fact it had value to my community. I do miss my work family and the times that we shared. I have a different life than they have now and most are afraid to talk with me because of fear of retaliation from the employer who fired me. I wish things did not have to be this way, but I have accepted that this is the way things are. One thing I would suggest for anybody out there, have another career or business plan to fall back on, have a back up plan-don't put all your eggs in one basket as we have all heard before. Don't ever think you are not expendable to an employer, that will at least make you have a back up plan. Try to live like there is a famine coming and save some money for emergencies, spend less, value family more. Don't let your job be your sole identity. I never in a million years thought I would not be retiring from this job, but it will not be the end of my world.