Hi! I'm Clare Masters. For the last few years, I have been on disability benefits (due to complications from surguries, failed back surgery (I need revision surgery in 2019), Sjogrens Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Pheripheal neuropathy, Fibromalygia, Seizure Disorder, Hypothyroidism, Spinal stenosis and spondylothesis
in neck and lumbar spine) until it was terminated December 31, 2015. Recently, I was recently (January 2017) diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Fibromaylgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogrens Syndrome all cause severe pain and fatigue during a flare up . Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disease similar to rheumatoid arthritis, affecting the joints and moisture-producing glands. During a flare-up, I experience extreme pain, fatigue. I am on an immunosuppressant to help with the symptoms of the Sjogren's Syndrome and Rheumatoid arthritis but that also means that I am susceptible to infections, making it nearly impossible to work or do other activities. When I have an infection, I am not allowed to take the medication that treats the Sjogren's Syndrome and RA.
I'm currently in the process of waiting for my disability benefits to be reinstated. The disability hearing is set for December 19th. It will take 8-12 weeks for a result. My attorney is confident that I will win. He doesn't get paid if I don't win. I am expecting 5 years of back pay but Illinois has a maximum amount attorneys can receive regardless of the award amount. I am currently looking for a place to live January 1st to the end of March when social security payments are expected to come in. I need approximately $300 per month that covers medications not covered by insurance, vitamins and supplements, cell phone bill, student loan bill, and personal hygiene supplies. If you look at he total amount given it's been coming in over the course of 2 years. To live on $4000/year you have to be pretty frugal and rely on the generosity of others. Please consider giving or helping me out with a place to stay beginning January 1st, 2019 for 3 months. Thank you and God bless.