I too was wonderng what you had been up to since we had not heard from you in awhile. I am so sorry to hear of your news. I too had to give up a job I truly loved, I was a paralegal for over 20 yrs. My job was very rewarding in many ways, I got to help alot of people. Trust me, I would go back right now if it were possible, there is nothing in drawing SSD for me-I made great money working, far more than what SSD will ever pay me. Yes, your entire life gets turned upside down when something like happens.
I am glad to hear that you filed for SSD. I did too, and was awarded my benefits without a problem. Try not to beat yourself up over this situation, you didn't create it. It sounds like you have a very good shot at getting SSD, age is a consideration along with education. Some will come on and say thats not true-but it is, along with your medical condition of course. I handled SS claims when I worked so I know a little about what is taken into consideration.
Sam, in the event you need to hire an atty on your claim, please find one in your area that specializes in SSD. Also, find one that handles the claims on a contingency basis, meaning, if he wins he gets paid out of past due benefits, he loses you do not owe him a dime-please read the fine print before signing anything. If its a day you are not up to par, ask to take the paperwork home with you to review. If they say no-get up and get out of that place. Any law firm should allow you to take any info home to review prior to signing anything.
Many times Sam, you will have a case worker assigned to your claim that is with SS. It is wise to keep this person informed of your visists to the drs. and what happened at the appt & so forth.
That is awesome news that your son is doing so well. You must be one proud Dad, you should be.
Please come back when you feel like it and let us know how you are doing.