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  1. LexieCat

    Disability resources?

    Apparently it IS possible to get SSDI after already receiving retirement benefits. Here's a good explanation from the AARP website: https://www.aarp.org/retirement/social-security/questions-answers/retirement-to-disability/. It occurs to me that it might be good to have a forum here related to employment, insurance, and disability issues. These things come up for a lot of people and it might be nice to collect the threads in one place. Admins?
    5 points
  2. BridgetO

    Chemo Screamo

    Ice cream! Now that you mention it, I think my favorite sandwiches are ice cream sandwiches, especially the ones from Ruby Jewel, a local shop that will make one with homemade-style cookies and your choice of ice cream.
    4 points
  3. AngelL

    Chemo Screamo

    Mmmmm. Sandwiches and Ice Cream! I wasnt hungry until I read this post! Im going to have to vote for the Philly Cheesesteak No Chiz Whiz though! Real cheese for me please.
    3 points
  4. Are you feeling the isolating effects of COVID? For most, or dare I say all survivors, spring and summer of 2020 were spent cooped up indoors. News reports of COVID resurgence suggest fall and winter will be no better. To take the sting out of loneliness LUNGevity have an ongoing weekly ZOOM televideo sessions for survivors with two sessions on Friday. These have been so successful that we are expanding our menu to Monday and Wednesday. How can I participate? If your computer, tablet or phone has a video camera and microphone, all you need to to is download the zoom apps for either Apple
    2 points
  5. There can be a lot of confusion regarding the two programs offered by Social Security for those who become disabled. SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) is for those who worked and paid into the system and then become disabled and meet the SS's criteria to be considered disabled. Generally, you need to be considered unable to work for a least one year. IN my case my Disability date was the last day I worked. I was approved in about 2 months, but needed to wait for the sixth month to start receiving my monthly benefit. My understanding is that Stage IV Lung Cancer is approved
    2 points
  6. LexieCat

    Disability resources?

    I sure would, if I were you. I retired from my County position in 2011, so I have a defined pension benefit I've been collecting all this time. With my current job, on top of the pension, my income is high enough that my take-home pay is a pittance. For me, the main purpose in continuing to work was to afford some fun things and also to build up some additional retirement savings (403(b)). My original plan, before the Stage IV diagnosis, was to hold off on Social Security till I hit 70, if at all possible, to max out my benefit. Although I'm hopeful I will respond well to treatment and t
    2 points
  7. LouT, Thanks for welcoming me to the site! I’m very lucky to have found you all, I will keep you all updated on my chemo journey, again I’m very thankful for you all because I have whom to talk to about this and get a sense that I’m being really understood. You all have a great weekend!
    1 point
  8. Hi Deb, Thanks so much for sharing, congratulations on being in remission! The personal experiences and advise helps me feel my decision is the right one because I was afraid of what chemotherapy might do to my body long term, but ultimately I want to be recurrence free for as long as I can be. I too had 5 lymph nodes come back negative. Thanks for the good wishes on having minimal to no symptoms 😊.
    1 point
  9. Deeba, You've already gotten great advice and sharing from my fellow forum family members so I'll just welcome you to the site and let you know that you can always return and ask any questions you'd like or just get support when you feel the need for it. Again, welcome and please keep us updated on your progress. Lou
    1 point
  10. I didn't realize it had been almost a week since I joined the family here. I had a heck of a time. Finding a pic I could use for my profile. I just couldn't swrink myself that small. Except one from IKEA warehouse a couple weeks ago. Really don't know which section to post my Dr and God's problem in. I'm a young 66 yr with some other life threatening illnesses. I won't let interrupted my life. And now they say I have stage 4 lung Cancer. That has spread to my adrenal gland. I think it's a plot to interrupt my 50 + yrs of enjoyment of a fine cigar and cigarettes,pipe,dip ECT. Quitti
    1 point
  11. Gene, I enjoyed reading your post. Your attitude and determination to beat this is obvious. Tom gave you some good advice to work on with your treatment team. For my part, (much as I love Twinkies and milk) I would suggest that you take care of your body with good food it will help your body to fight the disease. But ask the questions you need to ask...as it sounds like you are at a good place for treatment. In the meantime, you are now part of our family and we'll be here to support you so share as you are comfortable to do and ask any questions you may have. Lou
    1 point
  12. just me

    decline

    Hello everyone, Brain meets were diagnosed. We quickly were transsfered to neurology and went from one oncologist to the surgeon for a biopsy. On Friday September 18th he walked into the hospital. Monday the 21st he was sent home after suffering through a craniotomy with a tumor resection. It doesnt make sense to me because his lungs were inoperable, so why would they be able to operate on his brain? By the 23 he could no longer hold a spoon to feed himself. Although radiation was offered we declined. I didnt feel he had enough left in him to handle more treatment. Hospice began on Fri
    0 points
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