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lilfshrmn
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Disability determination in four months
      #274115 - 09/30/13 04:38 PM

Unbelievable! Received my award letter from Social Security within five months. No feigning illness here. Serious cognitive, physical, emotional impairment...Low CD4 numbers, several OIs, cooperative ID Dr. greatly assisted case, Still astonished, no lawyers, no hearing no endless telephone tag races. Been working since I was 14 - 57 now... Grateful to receive benefit before the well runs dry.

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Re: Disability determination in four months new
      #274128 - 10/01/13 06:26 PM

Congrats to yo. Are you aware that you can actually work while collecting SSD? Look into the trial work periods and how to deal with afterwards . I love the fact that I can still work , within their guidelines. Helps me to feel productive financially still.

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Re: Disability determination in four months new
      #274150 - 10/03/13 11:45 PM

I, too, got my disability (SSDI) when first applied for with no questions asked. You mentioned "before the well runs dry". At some point I wish everyone would write to their local congressperson and ask them to pay back all the money previous congresses have taken from Social Security. The fund would be solvent for many more years.

Riverprincess mentioned that you can work while receiving SSDI. This is true. There are limits to how much you can earn before it affects your monthly payment. But, if you're like I imagine you won't be running out today to get that new, full time job as Chairman of Microsoft.

You're disabled. This doesn't mean you should just sit home and collect your check every month. It does mean that you probably aren't ever going to be able to function at levels you once did. There is no shame in this. When you get tired of sitting home and go out looking for work (next month, 6 months from now, in 3 years) you probably need to look in a field different than the one you worked beforehand. In another post a person wrote about being 33 and finally finding out she had grown up and was ready to reinvent herself. You should consider doing the same thing.

Also, since you know you're going to have some guaranteed income (albeit much less than when you were working) you should consider going to work for a non-profit. One or two days a week. Helping them with things that need to be done but noone seems to have the time to do. If it pays it'll be minimal. If it doesn't pay you'll still go home with the feeling that you did something productive to help someone.

Don't close doors before they have been opened. Open your eyes and see the world. It's a bright, shining place full of happiness, but also full of others who need help. You're getting your help. Don't forget to pay it forward!

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Re: Disability determination in four months new
      #274156 - 10/04/13 07:43 PM

I think staying involved with SOMETHING is so benificial to oneself emotionally, mentally a nd even spirituality. I've tried going off disability 2 times and have finally accepted that full time is out of the question, my body just gets too runned down so that the money isn't worth it. But to be able to work within the guidelines, and the amount a month for me is over $1,ooo.oo so thats not bad at all. And I also volunteer at the local YMCA helping folks to excercise in water. I absolutly love it. And I just started back at the gym. And if I need to adjust my load then I have many options. But I hope to be alble to do a bit of each . I believe that all can do something to encourage themself nothing is to little or insignificant.

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lilfshrmn
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Re: Disability determination in four months new
      #274160 - 10/05/13 10:46 AM

Thanks. I agree. Tried to work part time at same job...couldn't perform to expectations. Stopped work completely after surgery on lymph node flare. I've accepted my limitations. Small quick projects spread over the week keep me busy enough to fight cabin fever. Excellent support system through family, friends, and 12 step support. Volunteerism is my nature. I'll find something in HIS time. Disability is not a free ride to me. I am indeed impaired. No hiding it. You can see it...
I need the support found here to remain in humility with our unique illness and to know what's going on in my body.
We share a common bond.


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