Surviving Disability Claim Appeal
I injured my back doing factory work, in 1987. I blew one disc completely, and damaged several others, and was determined to be a "Vocationally-Handicapped" with "Degenerative-Disc Syndrome," that would continue to get worse across time. Despite chronic-pain, I had a 20 year career in public-service as a librarian and teacher. I was going to be in pain anyway, so why not also do something meaningful?
When those education-jobs dried up in the recession, I still didn't file for disability. Rather, I took jobs that made my back-problem even worse. Then I was in a car-accident that made it worse yet, but still I didn't file for disability. Even when I was in so much pain that I quit my job, I still didn't file. I still believed that with some rest, I could still return to work. Only when my conditioned continued to worsen, even just doing part-time work-from-home on my computer.
But, because I am able to do some work, I was initially denied SSD, and have to go for an appeal-hearing somewhere around August, almost three years after I initially filed. I have sold everything valuable enough to be sold, and tapped family for every dollar they could spare, but still will be homeless before my hearing. I need five months worth of rent-assistance to get me through the hearing and the decision.
I am the like horse in Orwell's Animal Farm, being shipped off to the glue-factory. If I win the SSD, I will get a large back-payment, and I pledge to give back twice as much money to other worthy gofundme-causes, as is raised here for me.