I have my kickstarter page going like promised! Excited to be able to release my own designs without a douche bag stealing shit.
I have my kickstarter page going like promised! Excited to be able to release my own designs without a douche bag stealing shit.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits as a Younger Adult
Having a disabling condition or illness can impact every aspect of a person’s life. There are more obvious complications—like pain, medication, and doctor’s appointments—and then there are other, less expected obstacles. Among these: Financial instability.
When a person is diagnosed with a serious illness, they may not immediately think about medical expenses or even how their condition will affect their ability to work. They may soon find that their health has left them unable to pay their bills and unable to earn a living. In times like these, it becomes necessary to seek financial assistance.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that certain conditions make it impossible to work and offers assistance in the form of Social Security Disability benefits. Although people commonly assume that disability benefits are for older individuals, a person can become disabled, and therefore unable to work, at any point during their lifetime.
The following blog post contains helpful information specifically for individuals in their 20’s and 30’s who are in need of disability benefits and aren’t sure where to begin the process.
Disability Programs and Age
There are very few age restrictions that govern the Social Security Disability program. That being said, age does in fact play a large role in determining whether an individual qualifies for disability benefits. To understand why an applicant’s age is significant, you must first understand the two different Social Security Disability programs.
It is important to note that to qualify for any type of disability benefits you must first meet the SSA’s definition of disability. Essentially this means that you must be able to prove that your condition makes it impossible for you to do any type of work and that your condition will last at least a year. In addition to meeting these criteria, each disability program has its own set of technical guidelines.
The first program, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is funded by the Social Security taxes that most workers pay. Eligibility for this program is determined by a person’s work history. To qualify, you must have earned a certain number of what the SSA refers to as work credits. If you are in your 20’s or 30’s, it is possible that you have not been in the work force long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits. Learn more about work credits here: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/glossary/work-credits.
If you have not earned enough work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits, you may find that the second program—Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—is a better fit for your needs. SSI is a needs-based program. This means that your eligibility is based on low income rather than work history. Learn more about the specific SSI requirements here: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/glossary/supplemental-security-income-ssi.
Age and Retraining
When the SSA evaluates your application for disability benefits, they will use the information you provide to determine whether or not you are able to work. They will also decide whether or not you are able to learn how to do a different job—more specifically, a job that your condition does not interfere with. Typically, the SSA considers younger individuals more able to adapt to a new type of work than older individuals.
How to Improve Your Chances of Being Awarded Benefits
If you want to increase your chances of being awarded Social Security Disability benefits at a younger age, there are a few steps you can take.
Applying for Disability Benefits
Once you have decided to begin the application process, you can do so on the SSA’s website or in person at your local Social Security office. You will be required to fill out several forms including the Adult Disability Checklist, the Adult Disability Application and the Adult Disability Report. You will also be required to sign an Authorization to Disclose Medical Information form. This gives the SSA the authorization to gather medical evidence to help support your disability claim.
While it can be more difficult for an individual in their 20’s or 30’s to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, it is not by any means impossible. Taking the time to research the process and collect medical evidence will only increase your chances of approval. Remember that although applying for disability benefits may seem overwhelming, once you are approved, the experience will ultimately be worth it.
For further information visit Social Security Disability Help or contact Molly Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So I have posted here before about the tshirts that I designed while I blogged during my F.A.P. / rectal cancer diagnoses and surgery hell and how it turned into this awesome brand called chalked iron. Well turns out my business partner (Damon Gochneaur) was the shaddy douche bag I expected for awhile. Had to lock him out of twitter to investigate weird messages and free shirts popping up on the threads. Then came across where he claimed it was a Texas company (when it is not, it is a Delaware company) and gift certificates on sites. Shit I never even knew about. Since he did all the merchandise shipping he was basically ripping me off.
After he got butt hurt he was locked out of twitter for a whole fucking day while investigation was going on he decided to change all password to the business’ webhost and start funding all transactions into a bogus gmail account (email@example.com) and refusing to discuss any of it because I called him a dick. Maybe because he is. I knew he was shaddy when I worked with him at GR and I guess this is a life lesson, a life lesson that is going to cost a pretty penny for an attorney to sue his ass. I own 50% of this business and am the primary owner on the LLC and according to the state so I guess it is in my favor. You can’t embezzle funds from a company, it is a felony offense and fraud. So please, don’t order from chalked iron. If you want a shirt I am printing my designs on my new brand hopefully once my kickstarter account goes live. buying a shirt goes into this asshole’s pocket and I see none of the funds. Sad since I paid extra to print the latest tank tops. Buying shirts don’t go towards the taxes he is supposed to pay but hasn’t so my credit is fucked, buying shirts supports a fraud, buyins shirts doesn’t help pay my cleveland clinic visits, health insurance and my copays, buying shirts is a kick to my gut basically since I own them all and see none of the money. But please feel free to remember his name. If you want to guarantee a shirt will get shipped to you, visit my blog first week of June for the link to my new kick ass brand that isn’t all about kettlebells. My brand is a neat brand that reaches everyone.
So a friend of a friend is ditching the bag and getting a BCIR. Good for her! Hope she has a wonderful outcome.
Since my last rant I must clarify the surgeon, Dr Rhenke is brilliant and talented and can’t imagine other surgeons operating on me BUT the program itself and the bitch Susan Kay that is not helping their cause, is the problem. Some admin issues as well but just had to clarify that.
Oh where to start and end! Ended up in the ER 2 weeks ago for an abscess that turned into the size of a golf ball. I ignored it because I was lead to believe it was just a cyst type of tumor related to FAP and that was that. Well wrong. I have 2 abscesses. One can’t be found just yet but the huge one was clear as day so it was cut and cleaned. I have had such bad pain since so not sure if I formed cellulitus or some MRSA. I have left over Vanco from treating the C.diff so I just took some more in case I have an infection. I have a follow up appointment that was supposed to be for last Friday but got moved to this Friday. I am sucking down pain killers all day long, pain is everywhere. I am also having my case reviewed by Dr. Remzi in Cleveland Clinic to see if my pouch can be moved and have my valve and stoma fixed. It is such major surgery all over again but my quality of life is very poor.
Jarrad and I are going to be putting in a 30 day notice since we just can’t pay rent anymore. And if we do have any money come in I have to figure out if I need to pay rent or health insurance and car, phone payment. So I thought about just packing up what I can and sleep in my car. Basically be homeless until I hear if we get Govt. Housing. How sad is that? I come from a high-class family, I grew up with a beach in my back yard in one of Florida’s prime neighborhoods and I will be homeless. Main reason I am staying in this area and not moving in with a relative is I can’t travel to get to my doctors. This has to be just a few month temporary. For now I am looking into camp grounds. Most are just 14 days but hey it is better than living in a parking lot!
Since Jarrad has 30% VA disability hopefully getting housing when our number is called won’t be a pain. Sad.. I was making 6 figures once and now I am broke. I hate this disease and this economy.
Weird and scarey times.
I have been feverish all day and feel like the aches are all over my body. Go from hot to cold chills. The huge mass in my butt cheek has turned into a throbbing big huge ball. I am tying to get into Hopkins because there is ONLY ONE DAMN colorectal surgeon as Georgetown and he is booked until May. My GI at Georgetown I also want to fire. I never called a doctor so much to not get any help. And he is the chief of the damn department and well known, even Shen says how excellent he is. I feel the health care in the VA/DC area is horrible. I am appalled by the crap I have dealt with here.
I am jobless, funny how the minute the guy I worked for at USA Today said I looked unhappy. After I briefly explained I haven’t been feeling good, I have a serious disease he decided to cut my contract. I mean, it is ok because it was a sweat shop where you are just a drone pushing pixels and he is Just another tool in the tool box he is. I am interviewing for a job tomorrow morning and Friday afternoon. One I really hope I get so I want to get this fever and lump under control. I have to work for now, my business funds itself but not enough to live off of. I hate having that fear of being homeless. Dire straights for sure right now and living here is not cheap.
Things I have heard or all I really knew ARE WRONG!
With my hell of a god damn year. And constant roation of Cipro, Omnicef and the latest Suprax. How would anyone with no colon and on antbiotics get C.Diff. Yes that is what I was told. Then another GI I had said if I never had C.diff with a colon then it would be highly unlikely I would have it now. ERRR WRONG! All bullshit. Those 3 antibiotics cause Cdiff to grow basically. I mentioned this to Bo Shen at Cleveland Clinic (#4 GI in the world I think he ranks) and he laughed, said he sees it a lot , people with no colons having it and sometimes just the valve itself having cdiff. So I start oral liquid Vanco once I get a compound pharmacy to make it, CVS is figuring that out for me. And hopefully this hell I have had forEVER gets under control.
I never had pouchitis but yet I have been swallowing antibiotics for it. If scopes continue to say you are fine then demand shit to get done the right way.
So first comes first :Get your rear in gear: made me their face of blue for March 9th. I knew it was coming up since I talked to them back and forth for a few weeks prior. Anyway, here is the link. Not much is different from my intro to this blog with some added notes. http://www.getyourrearingearblog.com/featured-articles/faces-of-blue-vanessa-truog
I feel like reading that makes it sound easy. Like I got the bad stuff out and I am good to go. The hell is what you go through AFTER cancer. Cancer was the easy part! Bone tumors, polyps, more polyps, more tumors, more dysplasia, cysts, desmoids, bleeding guts, pouchitis, cdiff, you name it, pure hell.
I am still sick. I will be really shocked if my iron and blood is normal with an upcoming tests Friday at Cleveland Clinic. I bleed so much now and my pouch feels like it is battery acid. My stomach cramps are really bad. Shen thinks I have cdiff, I hope someone sees something because I am very sick and I am tired of doctors not helping me whenever I have an issue because everything “looks” normal. I am doubled over in pain, my valve twists and turns and it feels like acid is literally burning the inside of my guts. It smells like a small child died inside me and I have blood in my tube and running down my legs when I take a shit. I even have pools of blood and mucus in my stoma covers. OBVIOUSLY there is something wrong here.
In case it was cdiff I took some flagyl for a day then thought I can’t do this, I can’t mask what I have so this scope shows clean again so decided to not take any more. I refuse to leave Cleveland Clinic until I am diagnosed, fixed and don’t feel like the walking dead. I just hope it is nothing so severe they say my pouch has to go. I can’t imagine having another one made. I can’t afford the time off or do I have the mental stability to go through another 30 day hospital stay with 6 months to a year to get back on my feet.
Maybe I have cancer, but wouldn’t my blood work show that ? One would assume.
Also this time change shit. I bitch about it every year but this really needs to fucking stop. I am dead tired, I sleep maybe 4-5 hours a night. It doesn’t help being sick. I doubt stupid politicians give a fuck that it wrecks lives.
I can’t work out. I tried to do a snatch in my living room thinking I can do the CF 13.1 open. Yea the bar almost fell on my head, no energy or strength. I did maybe 10 33 pound push presses and called it a day. My arms and body hurt everywhere. My spine feels like my intestines grew thousand of rose thorns and leeched onto my rib cage, lungs, kidney, spine and soft tissue.
2.5 more days of work then some magic in Cleveland hopefully happens. I don’t really count the days them selves since the road trip alone means I am almost there. It is so hard to work when life is this rough. But ya got to pay bills!
Or should I say my gutless guts are screaming since so little seems to be left. I am off to Cleveland Clinic once again next week to finally have Bo Shen scope me. My surgeon put me on Suprax and a drug for candida (yeast overgrowth) since we just have no idea if I have pouchitis, candida etc. I was great for about a week and now I am the WORST I have ever been. Something is wrong, I just hope he can find out because it is unbearable. My food rips through my guts the minute I swallow. Gas is nothing like what you get with a colon. For me it feels like acid is churning inside me, it rips through every part of my guts and the pain is horrible and you just can’t relate unless you have it. So I am off all antibiotics and other meds for yeast so if something is going on they won’t mask that in the scope. My valve feels like it is ready to pop the pressure is so bad. I double over with pain and try to move it away from my stoma so I get relief. You can hear my guts rumble and it may be funny to some people it is torture for people like me. So I am on Norco to help with the pain and to slow my guts down. I hate the stuff. I have bottles of Norco and Oxycodone that are even expired because I just don’t like being on pain medicine. I want to be normal or close to it. My pouch feels like it is a cactus inside me. My small bowel is so hyperactive it kicks my spine around.
I have had a knot that appears on and off that I thought was a Desmoid but back in Dallas my favorite Colo-rectal Oncologist said it wasn’t because it did not move around and my scan didn’t pick it up. Here are Georgetown when I saw my new GI I mentioned being in the ER recently due to a possible stomach bug and then this knot was back in my ribcage area, hurt, food wasn’t passing easily and liquid I drank gurgled back up. So I had a cat scan and it showed no blockage. Saturday I had this feeling come back in my rib cage and it was intense to where I wanted to drive to Georgetown Hospital and have my GI paged. I just decided to wait until I see Shen next week, I am so tired of sitting in ERs to get nothing accomplished. But I know something is now very wrong. Food is going through me so fast. I have cleaned up my diet as strict as the Candida diet is. I have no sugar I am consuming or Splenda. I sucked it up and started to use Truvia (Stevia) only sweetener approved on Candida. So it can’t be diet related because between juicing and not eating out almost everything I consume is whole and not processed. So there has to be something else going on. Maybe some large polyps in my Duodenum again or adhesions or worse. I can tell there is a major problem so if someone tells me they can’t see anything, even coming from Shen I am going to flip out. I can not live like this and I have no fucking options. There is nothing else for me, I can’t take out my whole digestive tract….
My mother is stressing out that my disease is progressing. I guess even my own family doesn’t get my disease lol Bad enough none of my friends do, they think it is a diet related thing or I just had cancer now I am better. Erhhh WRONG. There is no remission for FAP, there is no cure there is nothing one can do to make this disease better or worse. Diet is only there to help bacteria or yeast overgrowth , nothing to do with FAP itself just your GI issues you have from a small bowel acting like a large bowel.
I picture my stomach being carpeted with polyps as I type this. I have yet to get one in the actual gut but something is not right. My ulcers in my esophagus cleared up with previcid since that was on the verge of being cancerous so it can’t be related to that. I even refilled my script in case it was an acid reflux thing but this is far beyond that at this point.
I feel bad for my family more than myself. I just live in absolute torture but they think it is something major and I might be dying. My mom might have grown 50 more grey hairs in a day. My husband I feel bad for, he sees me at my worst and it is like being bipolar. I smile and make jokes so he doesn’t feel like he is always with someone who is miserable and crying through out the day all the time. Trying to make things normal, as normal as I can.
I am glad I get to go to Cleveland again. I loved walking around that city. Last time it made me feel so much better. That is when I went home and packed it up to move to the DC Metro area. And here I am, living in a suburb just like I did in stupid Dallas. I need a walkable city. When I am better I am going to force myself to metro it into the district more often. If I stay in Virginia all the time I will go crazy.