Quick question (if you don't mind). Is your husband an actual warden or is that just a term of endearment? I don't mean to pry, but I have some direct knowledge there.
On another note, I woudl highly recommend that you hire the attorney after the appeal. My best friend got hers on the first try...mine took an attorney, but you never know.
It is very important that you have all of your documentation ready and organized. You can send it in online and that helped me a great deal because my hands don't work really well. Be prepared to say the same things over and over!
You can not work and claim to be disabled, so you may want to make the permanent decision with your husband before you file. It could take quite a while and you will need his support (both financial and emotional). I know I did!
You also mention Psych problems (depression) and I think it is ESSENTIAl that you use this information when you file. Psych problems are different than physical ones. You will likely be referred for an evaluation by SSD Dr's. This is not unusual and not something to be scared of. It DID make a difference for me. I did not have to have a physical eval, but my friend did.
I wish you all of the best and hope things will work out well for you! My problems now are worse than when I filed and I make CERTAIN to follow up with all Dr apts to keep records up to date just in case they evaluate the case later. Again, keep all paperwork and documention.
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