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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/6/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone has had to deal with s.s. disability regarding PCa and how difficult it is to be awarded disability. I work as a pipefitter at a pulp and paper mill and although my health remains reletively good I know that I need to plan for the future. I will not be ellligble to retire from my job until september 11 2009. How many hoops do I need to jump through. I am also a bit in debt to unvle sam and am wondering if I can settle with them when I am no longer working as I will not be able to afford the payments. Finances and how I leave my wife are my biggest concern even though I do not plan on this happening for a good long time. Todd

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   Posted 11/6/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Talk to Uncle Sam about any possibilities.

Retirement ...See your human resources department about what comes up next year and how early you need to get your ducks in a row. Retirement isn't quite an overnight process so it is resonable to ask important questions now. No one need know you're asking for a reason other than the usual preretirement stuff. Good luck.


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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Todd,

You can visit the Social Security web site and click on the "disability" button. There is a fairly extensive explanation of disabilities that qualify and the procdures for doing so. There is also information on spousal and minor children benefits since you mention that you want to see what can be done for your wife.

Sometimes your employer will also allow a disability claim and early retirement without penalties. I suppose you are covered under the collective bargaining agreement. Take a close look at it to see what is allowed.

Best of luck to you.


Here is the link to the disability site.

Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09

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