Posted 1/21/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)
just balancing things out here. I was once fired from a long-term job, not because of Crohn's disease, but because I had screwed up (another story). However, at the time, I had known I ought to qualify for disability and applied.
But let's make the distinction here. There is a big difference between Short Term State disability and Long Term, Social Security disability.
First off, both benefits, if you quality, are based on what you have previously earned. If you haven't worked at some point, and payed money into a state program, you typically aren't eligible, regardless of your condition or situation.
However, on the Social security program, if you haven't worked enough to qualify for SSD, you may still gualify for SSI. A slightly less generous program, but both come with Medicare, which can help with medical costs quite a bit and stays effective even after you return to work for three years.
What I did after I was fired, was decide I would apply for state disability, and put myself back to school. So, I called my GI, who didn't even make me come in. He said to fill out my part fo the form, and fax the rest to him (or maybe i just filled out my part and then sent it to the state office, who then went ot my doc for the rest).
Most of our symptoms are subjective, so they can't ask your doc how many times you go a day, or what not. Just be honest, and make sure you don't minimize anything.
After state dis. ran out, 18 months later, I decided to apply for Social Security disability. I filled out all the forms, go the forms filled out by my doc, and called contstantly to check the status of my application. I then had to go get an "evaluation" by a doctor they hired to check me out. HE looked at me, and my list of symptoms, and never told me what he would tell them.
Then, I was approved sometime not long after. IT took less than 6 months from the date I applied, and you usually get back pay from when you applied with your first check.
why are you waiting? make the call. You should not feel guilty about something that you can't control! the physical aspect of this disease is bad enough, take control of your life and do the footwork and you will feel more empowered as a result.
If you have any questions about the process, i will be happy to help walk you through filling out things after you make that first call. Just email me....
i know some people have a harder time, and personally, anyone who peeks are my rear knows I am hurting, but i just want to say it is possible, and sometimes even a lot easier than you think to get approved.
Sorry if I came across a little grumpy, I just don't think anyone should suffer more than they need to....