Social Security Disability – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Social Security Disability:  Having a lingering, chronic, and fatal condition that is sometimes categorized as the “walking dead” is a difficult place to be. 

Waking each morning, putting my feet on the floor, I begin to move through the beginning of my day.  In spite of getting a lot of rest over the past 1-1/2 months at my uncle’s beautiful home in the hills of Auburn, California, this morning I awoke exhausted.  Today has been particularly cruddy.  I just have to learn how to be a little more patient, gracious, and good mannered about it all.  Throwing a fit will not fix my illness…so I’ll blog instead.

We’re extremely lucky and grateful to have this respite from the heat of the Arizona summer.  Great Bonus: An opportunity to visit family (who I’m sure are sick and tired of us, but are gracious enough not to tell us!).

Today I am very grateful for social security disability.  Without it, there would be no tomorrow for either of us.  I wonder what would happen if we couldn’t afford to purchase the medicines that we take – the cost with co-pay is approximately $600.00 a month per person.  If we didn’t have insurance, the cost would be almost $4,000.00 a month for both of us.  Crazy, huh?!

After taking my handful of prescription pills, tablets, and liquid tincture of opium in the morning, sometimes I have to point my head towards the toilet bowl.  I don’t drink much ice-water anymore.  Room temperature liquids have more success making it down and staying down

Like most people on Social Security Disability, I miss working.  I enjoyed my work, the long hours, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.  I miss “normality,” strength, pain-free days…the ability to physically and emotionally handle difficulties, solve problems, and all those challenges that we humans meet each day.

Today:   The challenge today is handling U-238 uranium and tungsten heavy metal poisoning that has settled into our bodies.  Most days pass with pain, discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and often depression joins the party.

My husband Richard and I are both grateful for days when we can get around without experiencing pain or some sort of weird ailment.

Our Experience with Social Security Disability:  Last year we applied for Social Security Disability.  We were told by many people to expect to be turned down by the social security folks.  We heard many horrible stories about people who were literally on their death bed with no bed who were turned down…

Surprisingly, we both received SS Disability three months after sending in the application paperwork.  I was shocked.  

No way!  I have known people who are barely hanging on a tree limb that is breaking, and they have not received a green-light for receiving Social Security Disability.  

I read this story with sorrow in my heart.

Blatant Commercial!   BTW, we didn’t apply for SS Disability on our own: we obtained the services of David C. Brown.  Although he is located in Utah, he has clients all over the nation, and I’d bet my last dime that you will be treated with respect and excellent service by everyone on his office team… If you want to talk to someone who will tell you the truth and keep their promises to you, this is one attorney who will help you and not empty your pockets – here’s the link to his web site:  

Applying for SSD:   If you are contemplating applying for SSD, don’t try to do it on your own.  Seriously, this is one thing that you need professional help with.

Rejected claims are normal

Get thyself to a lawyer who specializes in getting people their social security benefits

The odds of your claim being rejected the first time through the bowels of the Social Security office are high – it’s rumored that only about 10% of the first claim you send to Social Security are awarded – the remaining 90% of claims are rejected. Get a lawyer that handles this type of work before you even file.

There’s a ton of information on the internet; simply type into your search engine “advice for applying for social security disability,” and do your homework. 

One important note during your application process:  Don’t lie.  This is applicable in everything, but even more so when working with the government, doctors, and attorneys.  And remember, lying includes omissions of information that is pertinent to your situation – there’s no grey here – it’s either black or white and nothing in-between!

I truly believe in the Ten Commandments.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think just about every religion and spiritual belief offers up some good advice about honesty!  Check out Buddhist beliefs . . . they have literally the same beliefs as Christians on how a human should behave.

Fraud:  If a little guy wearing a red-hot Lycra suit armed with the pitchfork hangs out on your shoulder whispering, “Come on…no one will ever know you told a little white lie,” please don’t listen to him; okay?   

Don’t exaggerate or try to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes…you’ll get caught.  The consequences aren’t pretty.

Cleaning windows while on social security disability?  ...not a good idea...

Cleaning windows on a high-rise building while on social security disability? …not the best idea… 🙂

FRAUD is what this is called!  Just so you know what social security fraud is, read this “” explanation

There are a lot of stories and folklore about Aunt Ginnie collecting her deceased husband’s Social Security checks for years before the folks at the Social Security Office wised up.  Yes, that is FRAUD.

I suspect that only lawyers and politicians will escape the penalties for lying!

Just so there’s no doubt in your mind, if you lie (or omit information required) on your application for SSD, the rest of us ‘little people’ will probably have to refund the government all of the ill-gotten money plus interest and fees.

There's no way this orange jumpsuit will look this great on any of us

You and I won’t look this good in orange prisoner jumpsuits!

. . . And, oh horrors, you just may find yourself wearing a very unflattering orange jump-suit with PRISONER stenciled on the back.  Not a pretty picture.

This is how most people look in orange prison jumpsuits!

This is how we’ll really look!

The first social security payment was made in 1937.  What do you want to bet that shortly after that historical event, someone figured out a way to fraudulently steal money from social security funds? 

1937 - First Year of Social Security

1937 – First Year of Social Security.  It didn’t take long for the SS workers desks to get snowed-under with claims from disabled people in the USA.

This meandering tale and observations about Social Security Disability is brought to you on a Friday night; after a difficult week.  So that’s my excuse for not staying “on-point” right now! 


One thought on “Social Security Disability – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

  1. Hey Girl, how’s everything today?
    I’m doing better than I was 5 years ago today and on chemo, etc. So I guess that’s good.
    The Bristol NASCAR people have gone and now I don’t have to “time” any trips away from home to avoid traffic. (200,000 extra people in a small town tend to overload it, especially when the main artery to get from the interstate is also the only road to get to our house.)

    Here’s sending you good thoughts and prayers for a hassle-free and comfortable day.

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