I too wonder about disability, what do ya'll think??

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have been wondering if I would qualify for disability. Not only have I been depress which started when I got rectal cancer, sport a colostomy for life. I have had many problems with it doc. doesn't give me much hope with the pains I have had with the colostomy. Two of my best friends died within two months of each other two months ago. I don't have anyone to talk to at work when I need to just vent. My 2 best friends were the ones that we could vent to each other. My job has placed me on program improvement plan.. which I really think they are trying to make me quit my job. Along with being a cancer survivor, I also suffer from thyroid, hypo...and other things posted on the bottom of page ( I hope it's there). I become very forget full, times I don't remember if I did a certain task, I can't handle conflicts anymore. Anyway, with all the pains from my arthritis, osteoporosis, thyroid, cancer survivor with colostomy,second time I get a parastomal hernia and prolapse. If I have surgery I have to change my colostomy to my rgt side with no guarantee that it won't happen again. So I bare my pain and continue to work...So what ya'll think do I stand a chance for disability?
Cancer Survivor - Colostomy '06, RA, Sjorens, Fibro, Depressed, Hashimoto's

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   Posted 11/18/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Newbeginning,

It sounds to me like you should be able to get it. Have you discussed this with your doctor? What do they say? It is a sometimes long drawn out ordeal, but once you start, don't give up. They do try to discourage you. They make it difficult, but you have to keep at it. I am going to apply soon myself. I have depression and fibromyalgia. My pdoc is after me to start the process.

I really wish you luck. There is only one way to find out and that is to try.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Newbeginning,

First of all I admire you for getting up in the morning but then going to work in pain all day.  Yes, I agree, file for both federal disability and do you have short term and long term disability?  If you do get your physicians documentation and start using your work disability.
Keep us posted.
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I haven't discussed this with any of my doctors. I don't dare. My RA doc doesn't get it when I tell her about my colostomy pain. She wants to try me on vitamin infusion (that should make me feel better). I will see my phyco doc the 1st week of Dec. I will see if I dare bring it up to him.
Thanks to both of you for responding..I will post again if I dare talk to my doctors...
Cancer Survivor - Colostomy '06, RA, Sjorens, Fibro, Depressed, Hashimoto's

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