True that you must be on SSDI for 2 years before being put on Medicare. Cancer should qualify you for SSDI I believe. https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/13.00-NeoplasticDiseases-Malignant-Adult.htm#13_24. I remember seeing something about
it in their descript
ion of qualifying ailments. You do not have to be permanently disabled to receive SSDI. I went on with a heart problem and bad knees. It took me about
2 months of my time gathering everything for the adjudicator. My cancer came 8 years later. I also hired one of those package lawyers to handle things. You know the ones who don’t get paid unless you win your case. Give one of them a call to explore. One other plus for you is your age. The closer you are to full retirement age, the easier it is to get accepted on SSDI. I was 58 and a friend was 57 when she was approved for migraines. I’m just giving you my experience. YMMV. If you stay on top of your doctors for paperwork , even with a lawyer, the SS office loves it. I stayed on top of mine and gathered whatever they needed as soon as they requested it. Made their job easier and my approval quicker.
Island time is correct. There are programs designed to get you back to work if you are capable, so you don’t need to be permanently disabled. They also say they will do periodic check to make sure you are still disabled, although I never had one done.
Age at Dx. 63. PSA 12/16 12.4
GS 9 (4+5)
1/17 CT Scan & bone scan, negative
2/2/17 prostate MRI.
2/27/17 pelvic bone biopsy done. No mets
3/7/17 Triple play w/HT. Degarelix, 4/17 lupron (18 months)
7/7/17 LDR Brachy (Zelefsky MSK)
8/25/17 SHARP (SBRT) MSK
7/18/18 last lupron
PSA 1/08 1.4, 12/16 12.4, 4/17 3.8 (HT), 7/17 1.05 (HT), 10/17 <.05 (HT), 1/18 <0.05 (HT), 4/18 <.05 (HT) T=7, 7/18 <.05 (HT) T=6, (off lupron), 10/18 <.05 T=6, 2/19 <.05 T=57, 6/19 <.05 T=156
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