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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I just got back from my ssa hearing and was awarded benifets based on Chronic Lyme.  I've been sick since 12/05.  The judge usually doesnt tell you his decision right there, but he did...  I cant believe it.  I will have to go to a review in 18 months to see if Im still eligible as this disease is "curable".  And I pray it willbe as Im tired of being sick and living the life of a lymie.    So I'm still fighting.... but now with a little less stress. The judge questioned me for about 10 minutes... then he asked how my disease had impacted my ability to raise my five year old, and thats when I lost it and broke down.... as its affected that area of my life considerably... after that he said I am granting you disability.....   My lawyer didnt even have to say a word... the voc specialist wasnt asked anything at all.....  after all this, I wasnt expecting it to be that easy.... God has cut me a break.... I am so greatful....  SO all of you out there still struggling, keep up the fight.... miracles do happen.... 

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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy for you. He knew you were speaking the truth and knew it was the right thing to do.

Hope you get better soon. You are still young and have every reason to look forward to a life of feeling good.

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   Posted 3/31/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Joanne, This disease is so hard, it's nice when someone listens and doesn't just discount what you're saying. Wishing you a full recovery. Take Care, KO
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol 

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   Posted 3/31/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Joanne!

Do you have any other medical conditions which affected the judge's opinion? I guess you might have to wait to see what they state in written form?

Regardless, I wish you a successful recovery!
*Abx combo tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '04; Essential Tremor ’03; Fibromyalgia ’01; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis

Post Edited (spaztick (Carrie J)) : 3/31/2009 6:49:13 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
wonderful news!!! We are waiting for DH's SSA hearing and I am nervous- but this gives me hope!

Chris: Diagnosed Lyme, Chronic Mono
Married to Lyme in NJ aka Gary: Lyme, Bartonella
Mom to Scott: Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella
Mom to Caitlyn: Lyme, Bartonella
My Blog: http://faerywings.wordpress.com/

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   Posted 4/1/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
jojeanle - Congratulation from me also!

MarriedtoLymeinNJ - I keep my fingers crossed that you will be successful too!

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   Posted 4/1/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
kendal122-Congratulation from me also!

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   Posted 4/2/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I hate this sentence, but I'll say it anyway -
Congratulations on your disability!  Now, I hope they leave you alone long enough so that you can concentrate on getting better!  rolleyes
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Meade
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3 Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Rozerem 8mgDarvocet, Acidophilus, Rifampin 600mg, Levaquin 500mg, Lyrica 150 to 300mg, Skelexa, Restoril
"How much more can I take?", songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs

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