Just a quick update on my case:
As many of you know, I have been trying to get approved for Social Security Disability for a year and a half now. I was denied twice by the state of Virginia (Disability is a Federal program, but the approval process is through the State), and told I am not disabled and perfectly able to hold a full-time job. This, of course, is far from the truth. Even my doctors agree that I cannot work at all. How can I, when I can hardly walk, can't stand up without falling over, and am in pain all of the time? Exactly! I got a lawyer after my first denial, and we were denied a second time. Then, we appealed the case and have just been waiting for a hearing date (to get a judge to reevaluate my case).
Just last week, my lawyer was able to secure a hearing date! I will be in court on September 2, 2009. Upon approval (PLEASE!), I will also be eligible for Medicaid, and then Medicare. The Disability and Medicaid/Medicare would help so much with paying bills, allowing me to get to the doctors, pay for medicines and supplements, etc. My doctors are backing me 100%, and they all have filed papers to help me. So, it will all be up to the judge! Only time will tell, but I am keeping positive and I have a good feeling about all of it.
When all of this is over, I will post info on the how I applied, the process, and any extra info I have that might help any of you. It is a very long, complex, frustrating application process - that seems very hopeless most of the time. Hopefully, mine will end with good news, but I will update all of you either way.