A person’s work history and overall health are both factors that are considered when a court awards alimony. Your wife would certainly have a better argument regarding her lymph node issues if she had a doctor’s diagnosis to back up her claim, but a court will consider her testimony on its own as well. Every case is different, and the outcome depends on the individual facts, witness credibility and evidence. My suggestion is that you mediate in good faith, and if you are truly are not comfortable with a proposed settlement, head for trial.