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    kaj2313 posted:
    Well after reading all the gov stuff on-line! I got frustated and called them yesterday. I can file for disability and still be working! Heck, why could they just say that!. But at least it's good news and a start. So need to sit down and get everything together and fill it out! Then just wait. Where I live they said 6month to a year!! But if I have to quit before I get it, I can't apply for unemplyment, because I would be unable to take a job. Hmmmmmm? At least it's a start!
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    If you have to quit because of your health, you wouldn't get unemployment anyway I don't think. I think you have to be fired or laid off to get unemployment. (Don't quote me on that-just basing it on what I know from people who have lost their jobs)

    Yay for a start.
    mindyj1971 responded:
    I'm so proud of you! I'm glad that you are at least getting a few answers to get you started! It seems so overwhelming when you have to start all of that paperwork, but it will pay off in the long run! Good luck!

    kaj2313 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    you are right not unemployment if I quit cuz' I'm to sick to work. What a system.............! I want to work! That should count for
    hannahleigh89 replied to kaj2313's response:
    Unfortunately, it doesn't.
    lindsay827 replied to hannahleigh89's response:
    HI there,
    Just found this discussion and am wondering if anyone has been able to get awarded disability payments due to crohn's/colitis? I haven't been able to work since I was diagnosed but have heard that my husbands salary would most likely disqualify me for receiving benefits. If anyone has any insight I would greatly appreciate it. I am so sad that I haven't been able to get well enough to work but we could use the money!
    mindyj1971 replied to lindsay827's response:
    I was approved for disability payments with a Crohn's diagnosis 6 months after I applied. There was an initial 5 month waiting period where you do not get back pay while they gather your records from all of your doctors. Once I was approved, I did receive a month or two of back pay to get me caught up. I even receive benefits for my 2 kids that I keep in a separate account specifically for their needs! I had no idea that I even qualified for that! I couldn't believe that I did not have to hire an attorney and I really can't believe that I wasn't denied from the get-go. That was the story that I was hearing from everyone, so I was terrified! Trust me, it is the only thing that has gone my way since my diagnosis in September 08:(

    Good luck!
    hannahleigh89 replied to lindsay827's response:
    I'm still waiting to hear whether or not I've been approved. I applied, got denied, filed for an appeal and many, many months later, I got my appeal. My hearing was January 15th and like I said, no word yet.
    lindsay827 replied to hannahleigh89's response:
    Thanks for your comments. I think I am going to give it a try. It's going to be hard for them to get all of my records as we have moved and I have gone to 3 different offices for care but hopefully they can gather everything and I can finally get some compensation.

    Someone told me that they look at your spouse's income which I don't think should matter. If you can't work, there is one less income coming in! Thanks everyone you have been great!
    rednewbie replied to lindsay827's response:
    They do not look at your husband income. Its all based on what you paid into your social security when you were working from what I understand. Which kinda stinks, because I spend a lot of my working life, taking care of my babies and working part time while trying to go to school. Now, I am not sure how things work if you are a teenager or 19/20 like Hannah. Anyone know that answer? Do they try to predict what you would make in future? I have been trying to get SS disablity since 2008, and I am suppose to have a hearing by the end of this year, is what I was told today. I do not know if that is good or bad news. I have been turned down so many times, I do not have much faith in the system. I do not really expect to be approved. And to be honest I am terrified what will happen to my family when I am denied for the final time. Ugh.

    I am not sure if that helps you any.
    Good Luck.
    hannahleigh89 replied to rednewbie's response:
    I just got my letter of approval like, minutes ago. The amount I make is based off of what my father paid in during his working life, as he is also disabled. I don't know how much that is yet, but when I find out, I'll let you guys know.
    arbob2 replied to hannahleigh89's response:
    I'm so happy for you Hannah! You have waited such a long time for this, and we all know you deserve it!

    You go girl!!! Hugs & kisses and God Bless!!!!!
    lindsay827 replied to rednewbie's response:
    Your responses do help. I am going to give it a shot knowing that I will most likely be denied at least the first try. I am in the process of gathering all of my medical records currently and going to try and get a written statement from my current doctor as I have heard that helps. It didn't make sense to me that my husband's income should matter as he doesn't have anything to do with my income!

    I will be checking back from time-to-time as I really appreciate everyone's input to these discussions! Good luck to everyone who is in the process as I know it is frustrating and time consuming and I am only getting started )
    HurtingHusband responded:
    Is this a federal law or a state law? If so do you have any links to where we can research this more?...I am not being skeptical, I am just looking for help during these hard times....Especailly when my wife is about to go through a major and very complicated surgery, since she weighs less than 90 lbs and is not healthy enough to have a suregery she desperately needs. (sorry if my spelling is off)
    rednewbie replied to HurtingHusband's response:
    Social Security is federal but there are local offices, usually in most major counties.

    Its not an easy process to apply and its most certianly not a fun nor fast process, but its a process I feel that you should file ealier rather than later. As it seems to take at minimum about a year and at times up to 3 years. If, If I get approved this year it will have taken almost 2 1/2 years. My lawyers says I have a good case, and its finally on judges desk but the judge likes to make decisions via a hearing. So maybe, maybe this summer. Its really kinda crazy having someone else decide your financial future, but what choice do we have. Its either sink or swim literally.

    So, I say check out the site, you got nothing to lose.
    Good Luck,
    And I pray your wife does well during and after surgery. Has a quick recovery.

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