zufus, feel bad for your friend's condition, but glad he won his SS fight too.
just now got a letter in the mail, confirming all the lawyer said this morning. the SS judge in this case absolutely slammed the SS doctor's review of my case, and said it had no "weight" in her decision, as they didn't consider the actual physical circumstances of the patient (me).
The pay has been back dated till January of 2009, and the actual claim is backdated to October of 2008, when I had my open RP.
I won the entire tamale on this verdict.
And to be fair, I have consistently paid into the SS system since 1968, so I am not a free-loader to the system, its an entitlement that I qualify for, and entitled to under the law.
I would rather not have PC, and gone through nearly 3 years of hell, and who knows what the future will bring me health wise, and not need this support. But that's not my reality.
David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10