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Sam Roberson Jr
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
well it has been a long time since I have written yall, so I will just cut to the chase OK first off I have had to quit doing the one and only thing that I love and that is cooking!!and I have come to the decision to file for disability and Medicaid. You may be asking yourself why, so hear is the reason first the pain level I have been feeling has shot up 10 fold to the point that I could not even stand for an hour at a time, so I was having to spend way to much time in my office and for a hands on chef that is not good. Second my left leg has started to just give out on me when I least expect it to, I have fallen a couple of times but I have been abel to catch my self most of the time. I have talked to my PM doctor about this and he suggested surgery so we contacted the U.of VA, Wake Foffest and Duke and after reviewing my case they all agreed that surgery was out of the question , reason being that the risk was to high for me to come out in a wheelchair so they recommend continue pain management. I am pretty sure that I am going to be turned down for my disiability and medicaid simply because I am a man and I am white now that is not being racest it is being truthfull. In my 35 years working I have seen it with my own eyes, but who knows I may be one of the exceptions and slip through the cracks and get approved without having to appeal the ruling seeral times and then I will have to give a big chunk of the money that I deserve to some laywer who will pat me on the back and we did a great job and then drive off in his fancy sportscar while I go to my beatup P.O.S and clunk away to an empty house that used to have my family in it but no longer. Well thats my life in a nutshell right now all I can say is I hope that nothing like this is happining to an one else out their.
tying to make it one day at a time....corney right

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam:

I am so glad to see you posting as I have often wondered how you were doing. I was hoping that "no news was good news", and I'm sorry that that was not the case. I know how hard it is to have to give up a job that you love. It is one of the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I had to stop working 9 years ago, and I would go back tomorrow if my body would allow it!

I am one of the few that was approved on my first try with SSD, and I attribute that to two things 1) having a good attorney, and 2) being as detailed as I could possibly be when answering their questions when interviewed on the phone as well as on the pages and pages of questions they make you fill out. There are many people here on HW that are at different stages of the process, and I'm sure some will be along to give you more advice and encouragement to hang in there!

Please keep us updated on how you are doing.


P.S. How is your son doing at college? My oldest started working on his bachelor's degree at Cortland University in upstate NY a month ago, and it has been quite an adjustment for all of us!

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/28/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sam, it has been awhile since I saw your name. Sorry to hear that you are having to leave the joy of cooking at least on a professional level. It appears that many things have gone on since you were here before. I want to encourage you to go ahead and file for the disability. From what people say on here, it is not uncommon for it to take an appeal or possibly several. Some say the way to go is a lawyer while others have done the filing themselves. They say documentation is the most important thing to remember. I am not eligible to file so I don't have any first hand knowledge. I remember you had a son. How is he doing?

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   Posted 9/29/2009 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also sorry to learn you have to give up what you love to do, but that has been the case for many of us. As far as disability, the majority of the people I hear from here on the site and elsewhere take several appeals and months if not years to get approved. It has nothing to do with race or gender, but the system is horribly backlogged. The AARP newsletter did a cover story on it a few months ago that detailed how people have died waiting for SSD.

Younger people tend to have more difficulty, but having a doctor (or doctors) that make clear statements in their records about your inability to work seems to be one of the critical pieces. And making sure all the records get to who they need to. Whether or not to get an attorney seems debatable; as far as in my area, an attorney won't take your case until you've been denied at least once.

I'm not sure but I think you may be referring to getting Medicare, which is what people who receive disabiity become eligible for - but not for two years past the date you're determined to be disabled. Medicaid is a program linked to income, and if your income is low enough (the standards can vary by state for Medicaid) you should be eligible for Medicaid, even if you're not disabled.

I wish you luck in the process.


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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 9/29/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sam! I filed for SSDI 3 months ago and am still waiting. When I check the website it always says they are reviewing the medical portion of my claim. I did not get a lawyer for this first round but will if I get a denial. I am 52 and am hoping that being over the age of 50 will be to my advantage because I think that if you are younger they will try to say you can be trained to do other types of work. I worked in a factory all my life including driving forklift and am not really qualified for any type of office work. Good Luck and I would be filing as soon as possible.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

Sam Roberson Jr
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 9/29/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all of the response I Have received but as I have said I can no longer stand for more than one hour at a time before I have to sit down for a hour, I am 45 and the only thing I know how to do is cook. as for my son he is still on the straight and narrow and he has a 3.8 GPA. I go an see my pain management Dr today and we will see what he has to say and afterwards I will let y'all know whats up so until then.
tying to make it one day at a time....corney right

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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sam,

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.

Moderator Chronic Pain
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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