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Natali
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   Posted 10/27/2006 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
How common is it for epilepsey sufferers to obtain disability. My sister has had seizure disorder since puberty (she is now 44) She used to work, but 7 years ago got married and stopped working. She is now going through a divorce and is afraid to work. She has more seizures ( 4-5 month) plus myoclonic jerks and petit mals daily. She also suffers from colitis. I think she will have no problem getting it, but she is very hesitant. What do you all think?
I know we have to go through the application process etc, just wanted some input from fellow members.
 

RanMan
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   Posted 10/28/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on disability, have been since February/04. It wasn't hard for me at all. My application went in while I was still working. I didn't even have to apply and just had to supply a medical from my neurologist-no problem, I've been seeing him for 16 yrs. *** Please understand-THIS WAS NOT MY CHOICE. My employer of 30 yrs (Government of Canada) applied for the DI for me and then if Sun Life Financial decides to drop my case then medical retirement will automatically start. After a 5 yr fight to keep my job I was told that my job had become redundant and as a side effect of the meds. it made me slower and messed up my learning ability to learn new tasks.  My actual last day of work was March 31/04 but they paid me full salary for one year before the benefits kicked in. I don't like people to know that I'm on disability because it has a certain"stigma" attached to it.
 
Randy

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sarahbtsd
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   Posted 10/28/2006 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
In the U.S., it can be really hard. Expect to get turned down the first time you apply. And expect to have it yanked a few times after you do get it. Write your congressperson about it. Be sure the applicant has a long history of being fired from jobs due to epilepsy-related problems. I do not recommend it as anything but a last resort. Those of us with epilepsy (and everyone else) bust our asses to support everyone on disability, and I know of one person who has the gall to want to try to use epilepsy as a reason to get disability, and she doesn't even have epilepsy, and this infuriates me to no end. There are people who are really sick, and who really need it, and they should get it, but it is people like this person that make it harder for those who actually need it to get it.
 
edited due to rules #10,11&15.

Post Edited By Moderator (HALO) : 10/29/2006 10:44:15 PM (GMT-7)


RanMan
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   Posted 10/29/2006 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Sarahbtsd,

First of all, as per your quote "Be sure the applicant has a long history of being fired from jobs due to epilepsy-related problems."

It is descrimination for an employer to refuse you a job b/c of a "seizure" condition and is illegal so if that was the case and it can be proven, your congressman should be taking appropriate action against the employer.

Although I am from Canada, this law is the same in both countries and since I'm not an American citizen, I can't complain to my congressman but I do agree with you 100%.

Randy

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