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« on: April 05, 2017, 07:51:16 PM »

If you are waiting to hear about your case, its one thing some thing to fight for something to keep you going. A few weeks ago I got the good news that I won, but now all that is running through my head what can i do...I watched everything on NETFLIX...I have read all the books I wanted to..I sit in pain 100% of the day...but I feel like I lost the ability to fight for something.
As much as I would like to be in the workforce I have accepted that that just can't happen anymore...but what to do now to fill my days so I feel like I have a purpose?Huh?
Anyone else go through this?

Paul :-)
Name: Paul A
Location: NJ
Age at Application: 47
Disability: DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Chronic Pain, FAILED Spinal Fusion
Date Applied: 7/1/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 9/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Denied 1/2015
Date OTR Approved/Sent to Hearing: 2/15/2016
Date Hearing Notice Received: Never had One
Hearing Date: Never had One
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: APPROVED - 3/16/2017 Never had a judge or hearing
Date Award Letter Received: They say 3/16 Dismissal Notice Received 4/04/2017
Date Back Pay Received: Not Yet
Date Dependent Benefits Received: Not Yet
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 07:54:41 PM »

That is very  common.
Age at Application: 26 age of onset (but I did not apply until 28)
Date Applied: August 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: November 2011
Additional Info: I was fortunate to be approved on my initial application due to extensive medical records (12+ doctors) & documentation of unsuccessful work attempts even with significant accommodations
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 06:08:00 PM »

Hi Paul,

I know exactly what you are going through.  I fought my fight for disability for 34 months and finally won, and like you I am left wondering what to do with myself.  Winning my case was what I focused (some would say obsessed) on for 36 months and now I am like "what now".  In fact my husband said to me "what are you going to obsess about now" and I told him I'm sure I'll think of something, I always do. Just be happy that it's over with and try to move on.  That's what I'm trying to do.
Name: TipBill
Location: Illinois
Age at Application: 59
Disability: Degenerative Disc Disorder, Chronic Sleep Apnea, Spinal Stenposis. Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Depression, PTSD
Date Applied: May 2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Octobet 2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: April 2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: August 2016
Hearing Date: November 10, 2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: March 2017 (after changing my on set date from May 2014 to July 2015)
Date Award Letter Received: March 21, 2017
Date Back Pay Received: March 15, 2017
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 10:28:27 AM »

Most of us experience this I think. For me it was finally realizing I was labeled disabled and I was then completely depressed for some time since this was never my plan In life. I see so many others around me my age with the capabilities of doing so much.  I'm still trying to find some purpose with my life.  I feel like I can't contrubute much of anything but expensive medical bills.   

Maybe I have just given in!

Name: Vicki
Location: IL
Age at Application: 59. Age now 62
Disability: Hypogammagobulimannenia , aggressive arthritis spine, 4 level cervical fusion, chronic pain, DDD,COPD,
Date Applied: 7/2013
First Approval/Denial Date: 11/2013
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: 5/2014
Date OTR requested: 6/2014
Hearing Date: January 19, 2016
Date Award Letter Received: February 3, 2016. per benefit letter on my SS website
Date Back Pay Received: February 4, 2016 direct deposit
Additional Info: fully favorable letter by mail Feb 6, 2016. Medicare started Dec 2015
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2017, 06:01:59 PM »

I know how you feel I'm exactly the same as you.....
Name: Bobby
Age at Application: 51
Disability: Polyneuropathy - Depression - RA -OA
Date Applied: 7-12-2016
First Approval/Denial Date: Approved 1-6-2017
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