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!)
Dx: FMS,OA,depression,anxiety,DDD with 7 herniations so far,HTN,IBS,cardiac
stent,failing aortic valve,angina,migraines with aura,many surgeries,+misc.
Newbie to forum and novice with computer - patience, please!