I was DX'ed in 1987. I tried to continue working another 5 years. But I could not do it anymore.
So I applied for SS disability. I submitted ap on my own, and was approved on my first try. I have been told I am very lucky. VERY lucky.
On my Google homepage yesterday, there was an article about how SS appeals are now 450 days apart from original hearing.
Wow. I guess I am REALLY, REALLY lucky.