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#1 Katherine

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:39 AM

Hello everyone,

I had been a member of this forum sometime ago but my pc went down and it has taken me many months to get another. The site really looks different / nice.
I've been living with sclero and many of it's brothers and sisters , so to speak for almost 2 years now. I've been working 40 + hours a week , plus , caring for my aging mother. My abilities as well as her abilities are going down hill rapidily now so I've made the decission to go a head and apply for disability.
I'm hoping being home with her will help us both. The stress of both of these jobs is really rough for me at times.
I'm really nervous about this . Don't really know how to go about it.
Any advice.
Katherine

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:40 AM

Katherine,
Welcome back! Sounds like the last thing you need is computer problems. I'm so glad you got that issue taken care of.

I'm sure that someone with direct experience in applying for SSD will respond, but I wanted to give you a link to a previous discussion on disability insurance. You might find this discussion interesting as well as helpful.

Based on your situation I think you're doing the right thing. I hope you get it approved so as to make your life somewhat easier. I don't know how you do what you do with a 40 hr/wk job. Hang in there Darling!

We hope to see more of you on the forum.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 05:24 AM

Hi Katherine,

Welcome back! It is great to see you here in the forums. I am sorry to hear that both your and your mother's health is declining, but think you are making a great decision to seek disability. It looks like Janey gave you a great link and I am sure many others who have gone through the process can fill you in. Also, we have had several previous discussions about it. So, if you want at the bottom of the Main Forums page you will see a search box. You can type in disability there and it will then bring up all the topics where that has been discussed in the past.

Please do keep us posted.

Warm wishes,
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 05:32 AM

Hi Katherine,
Welcome back! I am so sorry to hear about you and your mom. Applying for disability can be stressful but when it is over with it will be worth it. Make sure that you have all of your documentation and inform your dr.'s before you apply so they will be on board with you and support you.

Please keep us posted and we are all here to support you!

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Lisa
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:08 AM

Hi Katherine,

So nice to have you join us again. You do have a full plate don't you. It does sound like you are making the right decision in trying to get disability. I too am at the beginnings of that. I have met with my primary care provider about it, and he is in full support and said he would help me. I also see my rheumatologist this Friday, and I'll discuss it with him then.

I see Janey gave you the link to the discussion that I had with others - I think you'll find it helpful.

As I move along with it, if I find out anything of use, I'll be sure to let you know. The only advice I can give you now, is to document, document document. I'm working on that part now.

The best to you!

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#6 Katherine

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 12:53 PM

Thank you all, so much. I think before I begin anything I will speak with my doctors, my general practitioner, my rheumatologist and my internist . And I think I will see my lawyer also.
My fear is how long it takes. I'm not a wealthy woman. But I believe the stress of these two jobs are making me worse.

Katherine

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 12:21 PM

Katherine,
I applied for disability in 2004. I was denied the first time and the second time the state had me examined by their examiner and the state disabillity and federal disability came through on the second try. My cousin is a lawyer and he said to wait until after the second try to get a lawyer to save money. I never had to use a lawyer. I also had disability insurance which was helpful until the disability came through. I was a school teacher with Chesterfield County and I had 18 years experience so I had many days and could have extended sick leave. Make sure that your doctor strongly words the fact that you can't work. When I applied I had Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's. Raynaud's. GERD, Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia(watermelon stomach). I also had my right hand that had lost all of its muscle mass after surgery. My primary care physician kept saying well it comes in waves. I kept telling her that the waves were becoming more frequent and how could I keep my job if I was missing a month at a time. Keep your chin up and go for it! I just joined this forum last night. What a blessing it is!
Nan