Can anyone here share their experience with FMLA? I will be employed at my current employer for 1 year in December of this year (2014). I read the FMLA policy and it can provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year with medical certification. My concern is the UNPAID part of the policy. Currently, I have about 2 weeks of paid leave I could apply if I was approved for FMLA. At my employer we have Annual Leave and Sick Leave. I could use either or both; but what happens when those are exhausted? I cannot take 12 weeks of leave and go without pay. I don't even know if I would need 12 weeks of leave; but I do know this: My husband and I rely on both of our incomes, I'm feeling very tired/in pain/feel like I need to focus on my medical treatments, and am not familiar with how I could get paid for being away from work for a short time (4-6 weeks) in order to focus on getting healthier/more stable. I don't want to apply for SSDI because I want to continue to work. Can you work and be on SSDI? I'm not even sure I would qualify at the Federal level for SSDI and don't even know if I want to explore that because of the stories I've heard about the hoops they put you through to get qualified. I just need some time to get healthy and go to medical appointments in order to get treatments to become more stable with my diagnoses.