I fought disability, too, but in the end had no choice... One thing that I learned was that you must be persistent! It can be a difficult battle, though maybe it is easier now than when I applied years ago. Be prepared to possibly be turned down at first. I was told at the time that it's almost automatic Supposedly it's to weed out those who don't really qualify. It is disheartening, but believe in your right to the assistance... It took me years to really accept that. I was turned down the first time and was sent even more paperwork to fill in. Then they said no again, and I hired a lawyer. There are reputable ones out there who only get paid when you actually get the disability. They are limited by law (here, anyway, but should be everywhere since it's federal) and can only collect a certain percentage from the lump sum you normally get once accepted. (It comes monthly after that.) I never made it to court; once you get to that appeal point, a federal judge reviews your case and often approves you at that stage. That's what happened in my case. And, I found out in the judge's ruling that even the doctors SS sent me to had said that I was totally disabled. Like I was told, sometimes it's an automatic turn down to see if you're serious! I don't get much a month, but I am so grateful for it... It was hard to take at first, but at least I can usually pay bills. Sorry this got so long, but I just want to encourage you to stay with it I'll be thinking about you
Barry aka Shash13 (I am female; was firstborn and got family name!)
Thank you all I do appreciate your advice.
I didn't mention all that I have. which may be less then some of you. Arthritis, COPD,(never smoked, nor my husband) asthma and fibro. I keep thinking,/ hoping there is something to give me back some energy. I try to keep the stress low, but it's hard. I am in charge at work, I am the only one in my dept.. And my helper who is 81 just retired.
The rheumie just took me off vicodin and put me on oxycotin. 10 mg three times a day. Helps some, but my breathing isn't as good as it had been, not saying much, but we'll see if there is bronchitis.
I can't stop working right now though, we need another vehicle, PTL our house will be paid for in two months, that helps. Once the car is paid, I am not going to work anymore.
I was also thinking about going on disability, but I'm not hurting everyday and can still function with my daily stuff and my 5 days a month of work that I do. I've been doing 5 days a month for years now. Any advice.
Cause I will not have medical insurance in about another 14 months or so. I have medical insurance with my son and me just being on it. He'll be 17 1/2 June 9th.... So my time is limited..
Hara = Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, Sleep Apnea, diabetes, Vitamin D deficient