Tami Posted January 3, 2005 Share Posted January 3, 2005 I'm not sure if anyone will see this or if anyone will have any advice. I have read the SS dept website trying to find out who qualifys for benefits and it's not very easy to understand. I still have no idea what the difference is with LTD opposed to SSI etc. and if I could even qualify for anything. I've read my retirement information and I know what it says about the amount of money I would receive if I were to become disabled but who decides that and how long does it take?? for those of you who have done this what is needed? I have worked throughout my illness. I started my present job just 4 months before I was diagnosed. I was a perfectly "healthy" 30 something year old person with no symptoms. anyway when I became sick that's when I found out that my University has no short term disability and so I was out of luck. I had no time to accumulate sick days and so if I was off work I had no pay. So being single with 3 kids, no family and no other income I had to work whether I felt like it or not. Through the surgerys, chemo and radiation. It was really hard. I had my left lung removed etc. Now it's been two years.. and I'm afraid that because of that length of time I will be turned down. but I just got married in June and I'm hoping that now I could survive the 6-8 months it would take to get everything in place. I'm still having problems with pain, neuropathy etc. I sit at a computer all day and unfortunately my surgeries left me with two displaced ribs that will never heal and they poke me a lot. Sitting to type is making things worse for me... back, shoulder chest pain. I also have some "foggy brain issues" and i forget things etc. i switched positions about two months ago... went down 4 grade levels because I hoped it would be easier for me to function at this level. It's not helping... the pain is getting worse and I can't seem to cope with all the stress and depression. I can't just quit and then go in and apply and hope for the best. I thought about contact an attorney (Edgar snyder) but I don't want to do that if I can help it and I thought you should wait till your turned down before you go that route. I don't think I can keep this up and yet I don't think I can quit... I'd appreciate any words of wisdom. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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