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Social Security Disability Approved!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hooray, I just heard from Social Security Disability that my application was approved on the first try! This rarely happens. Most folks are denied several times and then have to go in front of a judge.

The sobering thought is that I am very ill and will not get better. I will not die from this chronic illness but I have to get used to the idea that I can not do what my brain tells me that it wants to do. I was a very active person. I ran, I rode my bike, I coached youth baseball and travel softball teams for 8 years. I was the person who taught my sons and daughter how to catch and throw and hit. I was the one who would go on the waterslide rides at the amusement parks and walk around for hours and hours at Cedar Point. I planted a big veggie garden every year and tended the crops and made big, beautiful healthy meals for my family. I am mourning the fact that this energy level will never return to me. I have to plan my days around my fatigue level.

My hope now is that this new set of IV medicines will restore some of my energy so that I can enjoy some of my former active lifestyle just in small bursts. I know that if I go for a bike ride, that I will not be able to cook or garden for several days. If I want to go to the fair, or a Cleveland Indians ball game, I will have to use a wheelchair to get around the park.

But there are things I can do to have a full life...It is not at all what I had planned, but there is joy to be found in life,,, just at a much slower pace.

So for today, I am going to Home Depot to buy veggies for my garden. The middle school boy down the street is my personal gardener. He comes and takes care of my heavy lifting needs and my husband does the rest. All I need to do is monitor the garden and every once in a while pull the weeds.

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    Congratulations on getting approval first try. I have heard how difficult that is.

    Sounds like you have a great support system. Blessings.
    2800 days ago
    good for you!!!!!!!!!!!
    2801 days ago
    That's great there is a kid in your block that will help out. That seems to be getting rare these days. Having a garden to plan and work in can be so relaxing. A plus right there. I also hope the new meds work better for you. Have you thought of purchasing a two seater bike? You can ride with your Hubby. That way you're not doing all of the work.
    Hang in there!! emoticon
    2801 days ago
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    I am really glad you got approved !!!

    2801 days ago
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    I am so glad you got yours right away!
    I went to court once and got denied, now I got a lawyer that specializes in disability (and knows MS), so now I think I am on the right track!
    3218 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I'm glad your approved and I hope the medicines will start to work for you and you have more energy.

    You have a great attitude emoticon
    3488 days ago
    I hope that some of my tips helped with getting SSDI!!! I too got it on my first try. They gave it to me literally 3 months after applying. The SSA gods were smiling on me!!!

    That's awesome that you're choosing a healthy lifestyle over being a victim of your illness. I admire your tenacity, and wish you luck in the future!
    3489 days ago
    Glad you were approved. Sorry you are struggling with a chronic illness.

    3490 days ago
  • PATTK1220
    So glad to see your application was approved. Like Marcia said, don't overdo it. I love your attitude! It isn't easy to have to adjust to major lifestyle/health changes.

    3490 days ago
    I'm so glad for you! One burden lifted!! My mom always said gardening was therapeutic. I hope you enjoy yours.
    3490 days ago
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    It is always nice to have a garden. What veggies did you get? They are always so much better eating then from the grocery store. Now, don't overdo it and take care of yourself. You can always monitor the garden from a swing or chaise-lounge with a big glass of ice water.
    3490 days ago
    Hi I am glad to hear that, keep on plugin your blog gave me inspiration. I don't know what is wrong but I am suffering from a severe balance problem and much fatigue, it can be very discouraging. good luck Mike
    3490 days ago
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