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Hi Cin,

 

It seems getting disability is either, hard or easy. I put off applying for two years because I was daunted by the process, and had a negative attitude thinking I wouldn't get it because I'd heard so many horror stories. I finally decided to do it. I had a phone interview, and was approved in 2 weeks. Lickety split, just like that. I kicked myself for waiting so long. Go for it!

 

First thing I did was gather all of my own records from ALL of my doctors. I then asked each one of them to write a letter of support for me. All did except my rheumatologist (go figure). I also bought a book to help assist me that is written by an attorney who helps people get disability. It really helped me understand the process and how to prepare for it. I feel it paid off. Once I had everything complied I called SSI and asked for an interview. It was as simple as that for me. I even got back pay for 18 months.

 

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have or help you along the way. First thing I will tell you is to call SS and tell them you are "thinking" about filing a claim, so they can "save the date". That's because you only have so long to apply once you stop working. (sorry can't remember how long - I think 2 years)

 

Best to you!


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi cin,

 

I can add nothing more to what has already been offfered by the ladies who have posted here.

 

I was very fortunate, in that my rheumatologist had wanted me to go on disability two years before I actually did. As soon as I asked her, she immediately took care of the paperwork necessary and in no time, I was approved for disability.

As has been mentioned, going on medical leave for your surgery and not having the ability to return to work, will be excellent documentation.

 

I am so glad you found us and have posted!

This is an awesome community, so full of loving, caring and supportive folks, both men and women who always prove very helpful!

 

So, I welcome you and hope that you find ease in filing your disability claim.

Keep posting and let us know how things are going, cin?


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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