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Get Your Laugh On


It is without saying that laughter genuinely makes people feel better.  I love how great I feel when I have had one of those laughs to where my sides and cheeks ache, you’re out of breath and the giggles still keep coming.  It lifts my spirits and during that time helps me to forget my pain and woes.  Viva La Laughter!

Here are a few fun Laughter facts:

  • It’s medically great for your physical health and mind!
  • Children laugh up to 200 times a day
  • Adults laugh up to 20 times a day (I think we need to get in gear)
  • Laughing uses 15 muscles in the face

Laughter is infectious.  Ever notice when others around you start laughing the bug hits you and you chime in?  Babies are famous for it!  I know when I am not feeling “myself” due to the fibromyalgia I like to curl up with a good movie that will make me laugh or even a feel good, make you smile kind of movie.  Next thing I know I am laughing and forgetting about (even if momentarily about my pain).   Laughter also brings people together and opens up a line of communication with one another.

The television industry alone has put out shows that makes us laugh and come back for more.  Some of my favorites are Two and a Half Men, Home Improvement, The Bill Cosby Show, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, I Love Lucy, and the list could go on and and I’ve not even touched some of the hilarious movies that have put me in stitches.  I look forward to getting a laugh out of a really rough day or any day for that matter!

Laughter can also be a masking, coping mechanism for many people.  Ever heard of nervous laughter?  When I was a kid (still do it) and I would be getting scolded for whatever reason boy did I get myself into even more trouble.  I would start grinning and laughing.  Well that was taken as being disrespectful however I could not stop myself.  Anytime I was put into a situation of fear, pain or sadness I found myself having nervous laughter.  A person will also crack jokes (not always good ones I might add) to make other people laugh to draw away from themselves and their emotions at the time.  If another person is uncomfortable humor is generally a way out for them.

Stock up on the funny emails your friends send you, save them and read them when you are feeling blue.  I have a few that I go back to often.  Have something funny to share?  Call a friend and share that laughter with them.  Laughing with others is even more fun than alone.

So, come one everyone and Get Your Laugh ON!

Have a laughter filled day!

Understanding The Stages of Chronic Illness

As with any illness be it acute or chronic there are always stages that one tends to go through.   More often than not the person in crisis of a chronic illness is suffering the loss similar to a death.   Death of a former life they no longer have, death of sense of self and worth, death of hope and confidence and more.  However, as with death there comes a rebirth but it takes time to get there.  One must go through the stages in order to learn to cope with their chronic illness.  I know, I have  there myself.

Let’s take a look at the first stage:

Stage 1

Crisis – This stage can be very frantic.  The person is seriously ill and terrified.  They do not fully comprehend what is happening to them.  Physically their ability to meet the demands of daily life have decreased tremendously.  Mentally they find it severely difficult to comprehend daily life, instructions and often experience an overload of emotions.  They just do not respond like they used to.  The ill person tends to withdrawl into themselves and utilizes what energy they have in focusing on healing, getting better and the most of their energy is focusing on how to control their pain.  Confusion and disorientation sets in and the concept of “time” tends to slip away is highly common.  Panic and anxiety sets in.   Fear of being able to handle their family life, children, spouse, medical care, finances and so forth.  Taken away from the person is the ability to “handle it all” to barely handling one issue let alone dozens at a time.   Whoever the patients support system is, be it spouse, other family member, friends, will feel the stressful pressure and become anxious themselves, especially if they feel they must take on the full responsibility of picking up the slack of what the patient can no longer do.  Often the supporter will feel a sense of  “obligation” and to be highly supportive.

Strangely enough, most people perform very well under high pressure and crisis.  Sadly however, the primary person effected by the patients illness do not receive the proper support THEY need to cope.

Friends of the ill person will often respond with get well wishes, gifts, and cards.  This often is misguided and misdirected because the ill person more than not cannot appreciate their signs of affection and concern.  The patient during this stage actually will feel overwhelmed and burdened with the though of responding with proper thanks to their friends.  The best thing a friend can do is help the direct source of the patients support system such as spouse or family member in handling day to day issues of the medical system, incoming phone calls and so forth.  By friends providing support to the soul source of the patients support system that person can then focus better on their loved one.  The patient during this stage will often feel a bit of resentment to “get well wishes” simply because with the chronically ill this has no relevance in their life as with someone with an acute condition (a quick onset of an illness that does go away) does and will get well.

During crisis mode the patient can only focus on the onslaught of their physical and mental pain with only thoughts of surviving through it.  During this time the patient is engulfed in the fear of the unknown, what their future holds and all they know is their life as they knew it has been shattered.

Stage 2

Isolation – During this stage the initial on set of the illness may subside, however, they never fully are in recovery and the illness continues on.  The patient starts to realize that their illness is on going and chronic.  The thought of never having a full recovery is devastating.  This will cause the patient to become uneasy, restless and sleep is hard to come by.  They fear the outcome of their future, and it takes a major toll on the patients self image and self esteem.

During this time the patient become very anxious in dealing not only with themselves but with others around them.  This is understandable and semi justified.  Nobody but the patient can fully comprehend the devastation of their losses.  The more independent the patient is or was the harder the isolation becomes for them.  The family during the major part of the acute onset of the patients illness in stage 1 is now spent and exhausted.  They often realize the harbor some anger and resentment toward the ill person, are fearful and disgusted by the sick persons situation.  This is when severe isolation becomes prominent in both patient and family members and everyone starts to withdrawl into themselves as the realize life will not be the same.

During this stage friends tend to drop away and give up on the ill person.  Chronic illness is something that scares most people because after the initial onset friends find it too overwhelming a personal struggle with themselves to continue having contact with them.  It just takes too much of their time and energy.  This in turn devastates the patient by the apparent lack of concern shown by their trusted friends for whom they care about.  It is said “apparent” simply because more often than not the failure to contact the patient means that friends may care but don’t know how to act.  Friends also during this stage do not fully comprehend that the patient can no longer come to them for visits, gatherings and such like they used to or at all.  Friends will tell their sick friend “I miss you” yet never go to the source.  Once again this may apply to the friend not fully knowing how to respond.

The patient must ask themselves a very sticky question, especially those we talked about who were highly independent; how comfortable are you in asking for help?  This question generally shows itself during stage 2 of isolation, but actually they are part of everyday living for the greater majority of the chronically ill person.  The patient must learn to set aside being uncomfortable asking for assistance and allowing others to help them.  As with anything this take practice.  Often the ill person sees asking for help as a sign of weakness, failure and resulting in feeling guilty for even needing to ask for help.  Guilt even comes into play for the person in having an illness to begin with and negative feelings in regards to themselves surface during the isolation stage.

The isolation stage is a crucial time for communication and no blame must never play a part.  It is highly important during this stage for the patient to talk about their feelings in order to break the isolation phase.  Be prepared, for if the patient does open up to communicate for some time this will be all they can talk about and it’s the only way for them to work it out so the support system needs to be very understanding during this time.  The patient may experience even being tired of hearing themselves talk about it.

Stage 3

Anger -During this stage the ill person has been suffering severe physical and mental pain, anguish, upset, anxiety, fear, worthlessness and feeling helpless.  They all feel it being unfair, unjust, totally senseless being afflicted by their disease.  This stage often results in sheer rage in huge proportions and the patient often targets this anger towards themselves.  Suicides and suicidal attempts are often a dangerous reality during this time.  The feelings of despair are too overwhelming.

There are a couple of reasons why the patients targets themselves for these feelings.  First being it is almost impossible to be furious with fate;  there is no external opponent.  In order to provide some meaning for what has happened, many people irrationally conclude they have brought the disease upon themselves by being a failure or bad in some way or another.  The patient finds it difficult to keep clear that it is the illness that has disrupted their life.  The second reason for suicidal thoughts is that the illness breeds many feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, being a burden both physically and financially to those around them.  Chronic illness just cannot be “wished away” and their disability is a struggle each and every day.  The threat of a major recurrence or increase in symptoms may be a constant anxiety tucked away not far from their consciousness.  They often feel the underlying problem can’t be solved and believe it is their fault which results in severe unhappiness.  Sadly, the patient’s feeling of self blame is greatly reinforced by society.

Families are unable to help because they too are angry and at the patient.  Unfortunately family members may also as with friends drop off and away.  The changes in their life are directly attributed to the patient and not to the patients illness.  Even medical doctors have been known to display anger with the patient having a chronic condition they cannot cure.  Anger from a doctor directed at the patient from all sides is mentally understandable however is highly destructive to the patient.

Suicidal thoughts start worming its way into the patients mind.

Another huge problem during this stage is the family.  There is a massive amount of strain on them as well and the families who fare better are those who can understand that the sick person is not the same entity as the disease itself and they see that the whole family is in this together and are committed to coming out of it as well as possible.  Families need to seek out a support system for themselves as well so they can cope with their anxiety of what their loved ones chronic illness has brought to the table.

The stage of anger is the most hazardous to your emotional well being as the patient and the feeling of being trapped is strong.  Fear and anger bring a sense of loss and lack of control.  You can take back that control but it must be done in baby steps.  The primary reason for anger most often can’t be avoided.  This is not the time for anyone to be pointing fingers and casting blame towards oneself or others.  Placing blame does nobody any good.  The response must become “task oriented”.

Example: “Today I will do only one load of laundry, walk the length of a room, answer one email.”

Striving towards the goal(s) set, even in small doses helps subside the anger.  Trying to do things the way it was done prior to the illness is a sure fire way to set the anger off.  Patients, family, friends and others should all focus on the strengths that remain on the accomplishments that can still be achieved.

Stage 4

Reconstruction -The person afflicted with the illness may now be feeling stronger physically or have less frequent visits of their chronic illness giving them enough time to begin learning new living skills and functions.  Important decisions or new friends or other social contacts may come into play during this stage.  It is common to start to being having a sense of safety based on their new found skills.  The patients moods become lighter with more displays of being happy and the difficulties seems a bit further away.  The patient starts to learn the possibilities and limits of their illness and what can be done.  With the loss of friends or even family members along the previous stages the patient selects new friends on how well they react to the factors of their illness and even will seek out others with the same or similar condition on the basis of understanding.  This takes the pressure off the patient of having a friend who poses no demands they cannot meet.  The patient chooses wisely a friend who will not take offense of a broken luncheon date at the last minute and not take it personally that a prior engagement cannot be met due to a flare up of the person’s illness on any given time.

During this time the family of the sick person either adapts and establishes a new routine, or, it dissolves.

So, what exactly has been reconstructed anyway?  Well, you can guarantee it is not like the previous life prior to the illness.  There is however, the reconstruction of oneself as an intact human being.  The stage of reconstruction takes on many solid aspects, such as development of new found skills, hobbies, interests and such that are most important that holds great emotional value.  When how a person lived their life previously has been shattered into a million pieces by an illness, the patient fears that they may no longer be seen as a whole person ever again.  It is the renewed sense of self and image that starts the reconstruction process of the mind and body.

In most cases people do great for several weeks but as a chronic illness can do, it can flare back up or the patient is devastated by some incident causing a set back.  With each experience and trusting in their succeeding helps the patient with confidence in reconstructing their lives.  With each reprieve of their illness, the patient becomes more confident and when a set back happens while upsetting the patient now learns to find the strength to forge through it to get back to happier, new, reconstructed self.  In other words, there is light at the end of the tunnel even with set backs.  There is a life to be lived, yes, in a new way but life none-the-less and one that can be a happy one.

Stage 5

Intermittent Depression -As with stage 3 of anger where heavy depression was involved, now that things are looking brighter to the patient in stage 5, everyone is tempted to let their guard down, relax and may, therefore, be caught off guard when a significant depression rears its ugly head up again.  The freedom and happiness of the patient’s new found skills and life can give away to new feelings of total despair as the patient remembers just how simpler things were to do “back in the day” before their illness when everything was so much easier to handle pre-illness.  Nostalgia and grief may come together causing depression and discouragement.

Many people know just when to expect to run across these rough spots.  Things such as seeing their doctor who confirms their intuition that their or your condition is not approving or is worsening, appointments, dealings of having to give up driving, anniversaries of divorce or death, the specific time of the year the physical problems first occurred and the list goes on can often cause a set back of depression.  Counseling during these difficult times and set backs is recommended to help provide a new understanding of what all the feelings of loss are coming from.  With a renewed sense of understanding comes a new resilience; it does not cure or make the losses go away but gives you the tools you need to work through the depression.

With this intermittent depression a couple of feelings will surface.  The awareness of loss of function that  happens several times during the course of the day and ordinary living.  The other is the awareness of loss that brings on an image of what life would be like had the illness not occurred in the first place.  With these two combination’s depression is quite likely.  A vicious cycle if you will.)”

In this cycle a sense of self-punishing mechanism kicks in and indirectly causes the chronically ill person to self destruct in their own self worth, competence and confidence.  Thoughts of  “If only I didn’t have fibromyalgia (or other illness) I could still go hiking (or whatever activity)”.  “If only” statements are the main cause of this cycle.  They contain harsh self judgments and feelings of worthlessness.  Now, when in a happier state of mind when experiencing these feelings of loss try saying, “I really miss hiking, but at least I can take a walk today.”

When the cycle rears it’s ugly head, the soul become uneasy.  Family, friends and even doctors mistake the desperate pain of knowing one’s hopeful fantasies will not be realized for having a self pity session.  Saying things to the patient like “Just stop feeling sorry for yourself” so totally missed the pint that their illness is tragic.  it is extremely hard to have a sense of self when you’re depressed and are afraid that you will never again be of value to yourself or to others.  One of the key dangerous phrases to say to the patient during this time is, “Just snap out of it”, this will truly set them back.  Trust when I say there is nothing more in the world the ill person would like to do is just that and not feel the way they do.

Self esteem improves when the patient succeeds in gaining some independence and purpose back, whether the success is walking further that day or remembering an important event or task without being reminded.  Within this cycle, any unrealistic expectations you have for yourself can’t compete with the gratification of hard won success.  If family, friends and even the medical profession can and would appreciate the triumph in being able to struggle, you feel even more triumphant.  Those who wish you well generally make the mistake of praising a sick person for their progress without letting them know how difficult the ongoing battle against the force of their chronic disease really is.

It is normal for everyone to have periods where they are not up for any struggle in life.  However, as long as attention is paid to that struggle, getting through the day will happen.  We flounder when we set unrealistic goals, or can’t grieve for what has been lost and even cannot start each day anew.  Depression can be tackled despite the physical complications that attempt to take us down.

Depression is real and there is no shame in getting help!

Stage 6

Renewal -The feeling of sadness, your losses, never completely disappear.  Lingering about you, is a sense of regret for all things that have been lost to you.   Being proud of any achievement you accomplish is essential for retaining an active life.  If you have to use a wheelchair and you master it, that is something to be proud of.  This does not mean you have to like it, just be proud of your mastering it.  It is okay to dislike or resign yourself to the compromises you need to make to get on with your life.  Just know it is important for you to acknowledge that changes in life style and skills must be made.  Realize that your new skills will differ from before your illness and it is not the same as adjusting to illness.  This is not “giving in” or “surrendering”, consider it as self growth and creating new horizons.  Renewing oneself comes from the learning curve that shows us how to seize the moment of the present and throwing away the fear.

Discouragement breeds the feeling of being all alone and there is truth to feeling this way.  It is important to know that in many ways you are not as alone as you think.  There are people all over, maybe next door to you who have similar feelings at times.  There are also others who have the same or similar condition you have that do have comprehension of what you go through because they too are going through it.  Should disturbing thoughts wake you up in the middle of the night, just know there are others struggling with their pain.  Even if someone has the same condition as you, nobody can quite share your unique experience, but, there is a kinship and strength among us all who are no longer able-bodied.


Resources:  After the Diagnosis by Dr. JoAnn LeMaistre.


Mrs. Jones Goes To The Doctor

Never Give Up

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you,

till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer,

never give up then,

for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.

~Harriet Beecher Stowe~

Work History Plays Huge Role In Receiving SSDI Benefits

Did you know that thousands of people and applicants are denied based on the lack of work  history and credits?  No?  Then read on!

Hundreds of thousands of people are denied disability benefits each year because they lack the work history needed for eligibility, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and Medicare plan selection services.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported the number of technical denials among disability applications has grown from a little over 100,000 in 1999 to more than 650,000 in 2007.1 Technical denials are applications denied for nonmedical reasons. The most common reason for technical denials, the SSA said, is “insufficient number of recent work credits.”
“Work history plays an important part in your application for Social Security disability benefits,” said David Bueltemann, manager of senior claims representatives at Allsup. “Though you have a disability, the type of work you’ve done before will factor into the SSA’s determination about your disability claim. First and foremost, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to be eligible to apply for SSDI.”
SSA follows a five-step sequential process to evaluate applications for disability benefits, and examiners make decisions based on medical documentation, age and work history, among other factors. “Allsup often helps claimants with questions about work history because it can be a confusing area when applying for Social Security disability benefits,” Mr. Bueltemann said.
SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the SSA that operates separately from the retirement and SSI programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65-67) and who can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for at least 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible. Find more about Social Security disability applications on Allsup.com.
Social Security Disability Benefits and Work History

To help applicants, Allsup explains four areas where work history plays a role in someone’s claim for Social Security disability benefits.
  1. Work history documents that you are currently insured. Working taxpayers contribute to the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program through their Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes. You paid these payroll taxes through your employer or as a self-employed worker. “You are probably aware that a portion of your taxes paid goes to the Social Security retirement and Medicare programs, as well as the SSDI program,” Mr. Bueltemann explained.To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must be “currently insured,” which means that you have made recent FICA payments. Specifically, you must have paid for 20 quarters in the past 10 years to qualify. You can “buy a quarter” by earning a certain amount during a specific calendar year. In 2010, workers buy a quarter if they earn $1,120; with a maximum of four quarters in one year. Those who experience disability and must quit working before age 31 have lesser requirements.
  1. Work history documents that you are fully insured. This is a second qualifier used to determine if you are eligible for SSDI benefits, and it’s also based on your quarters of coverage. If you have 40 quarters of coverage, you are fully insured. (Note: You can earn up to four quarters a year.) The SSA uses another calculation for younger workers—using six quarters of coverage, plus one quarter of coverage for each year after the year you reach age 21. For example, a person age 27 likely only needs 12 quarters of coverage to be fully insured.
  1. Work history details also factor into the SSA’s determination of whether you are disabled. “The disability examiner will look at your disability, medical condition and your work experiences when deciding your case,” Mr. Bueltemann said. They evaluate your ability to perform work you did in the past, as well as any type of work you may be capable of performing. Employment experiences from the past 15 years are relevant to your application. Read about general disability guidelines on Allsup.com.
  2. Work history also factors into your amount of benefits. The SSA tracks your earnings and taxes paid over time in order to determine your Social Security retirement and, separately, your SSDI benefits. This is based on records filed by your employer, who is required to send the SSA a copy of your W-2 form each year. Find more information about understanding your Social Security statement on Allsup.com.
If you’re not certain you are eligible for SSDI based on your work history, contact the Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 279-4357 for a free evaluation. An Allsup professional can help you determine if your work history and medical condition(s) may qualify you for SSDI benefits.
1 – Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2008; released July 2009.

Staying Positive In Light Of A Shipwreck

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

I so understand that being positive with a chronic illness (or life in general), frankly, is a huge challenge.  There was a point where I was sour and angry with my condition and was not very pleasant to be around.  What in the world did I have to be positive about?  My world came crashing down upon me like a ton of flaming bricks.  My life ended as I knew it.  I deserved to be Nancy Negative right?  (The guys I call Negative Norman’s lol)

Wrong!  (wrong for me that is) I was so miserable I couldn’t stand myself.  Where was that fun loving, goofy, smiling girl at anyway?  I missed her!

Being positive in the light of disaster is one tough feat.  However, it is like anything else.  Hard work and eventually if you bring it into play it will be easier to do.  I am most certainly not saying for you to turn into Brenda or Bobby the Bubbly with dripping over kill, just saying at some point in your ship wrecked day, find SOMETHING positive to say and think and I don’t mean in a sarcastic way.

One day I was walking down the hall (ok limping and whimpering) and thinking to myself “Damn, I am so SICK of hurting alllll the time, why the hell do I have to go through this”  my brain counteracted with “Jamie, STOP IT, you are alive.”  My brain flashed at that moment my son’s smile.  So, I sucked it up and kept counteracting every negative with some sort of silver lining.

Does this work all the time HA, no.  Just keep trying.  Not to mention nobody and I mean nobody wants to be around a grumpy guss.  If you keep spewing forth negativity every time you talk with someone, those someone’s will not stay around for too long.  No, you should not downplay yourself or ignore your feelings because how you feel is of great importance…just realize that constant negativity actually takes you down with the ship.

Wishes of a pain free day for you and (((Hugs)))



Blame The Dog..He’s In A Fog

A Pain In The Rear

Oh what a looooooong night.  So, what caused me to be up most of the night this time?  A pain in the butt that’s what!  So, there is what is called fibro tender spots and while right now they are all active the one that is causing the most OUCH is the left upper buttock one.  Alright the “technical term” for this spot is (hang on have to see how to spell it is,..Supraspinatus) Oh, but no it’s not just tender to touch it’s shooting massive amounts of nerve pain (thank you neuralgia).  So I get the lovely combination of both fibro and neuralgia, that just is not nice!

Let me see if I can describe what I am feeling here.  Hmmm, (thinking) have you ever been shocked before?  Okay, so multiply that 10 fold but not just a quick ZAP but a continuous zapping one right after the other and then it “kinks”.  It literally makes me jump from the owie.  Now, on to how the tender point feels…ever have a really bad bruise that if you even brush it with something it hurts?  Okay, that is how the spot feels.  Like a mushy, sore bruise.

This is the day where I walk around all day long saying ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! So, walking makes it worse, sitting makes it be stupid; what to do, what to do, I have no clue!

Well regardless of how I feel as always I wish everyone else a wonderful pain free day…that is our goal right?

(((Hugs)))

Allsup Won My Disability Case

I started my journey in trying to get disability in March 2007.  A friend of mine, Lynn, who has fibromyalgia and rhuematoid arthritis had already won her case but full warned me to get help in doing so.  She was right.  I do not advise anyone to attempt the disability process on their own.  There are many loop holes and hurdles that you just don’t know about and hiring a professional ups your chances by far in receiving an award for disability.

I had heard of a company called Allsup through some forums I’d visited and decided to give them a call.  I figured what the heck the worst that can happen is them not take my case right?  It was the best move I ever made.  Don’t think you can afford to hire someone?  That is what my biggest fear was.  Allsup took that fear right out of me.  They will represent you and unless they win your case you do not pay a dime.  Once your case is awarded their fee (highly reasonable) comes from your backpay that comes with your award of disability.

I found out that even with representation, social security will deny a huge majority up to 3 or more (many more) times causing much lost time and it will have to go to a hearing before a judge.  This is why it is SO important (I feel anyway) to have professional representation.  Anyway back to the day I called Allsup.  They talked with me over the phone  and set up an initial phone interview to go over my medical history, doctors information and other important information and after giving them this they took my case. I was sent paperwork to sign and go over and they started their proceedings.

The process is long but would have been longer had I tried to do it myself.  The best part was I didn’t have to do a thing.  They handled everything and made it as easy as possible for me.  No dealing with pulling my own medical records, filing out tons of paperwork that I wouldn’t and couldn’t understand anyway, no running to and from and no stressful issues to deal with.  I am in total debt of gratitude to Allsup.

The toughest thing for me was the waiting.  It got frustrating and I came close to throwing my hands up in the air and saying “FORGET IT” and when I felt that way Allsup was right there to talk me through it.  Giving up is what social security wants you to do…and that is the bottom line.  I was denied 3 times even with representation but found out that was normal due process.  My next stressful event was going before a judge and having a hearing.  That however was handled very well by my representative and she was so supportive, understanding and was like a dog with a bone with my case.  Her knowledge was unsurpassed!  Thank you Deb Breeden and Allsup once again!

After the hearing was another 90 day waiting period (boy did I get good at “hurry up and wait”).  As of March 2010 I was finally awarded my disability WOOHOOO!  However, my biggest excitement was not the fact that I won monthly monetary benefits but gained INSURANCE with medicare.  For 3 years I’d been without medical coverage (that is another blog in itself) I can now finally see my doctor again without paying out of pocket that I could not afford so mostly I never even saw a doctor after I lost my insurance several years ago.  Getting back medical has made me the happiest.  Money is money but without medical insurance and being sick makes life a whole lot worse.

Here it is July of 2010 and the last of the proceedings is in the works.  I just received my Medicare card and my benefits will start this month as well.  So the total time to win my disability boils down to about 3 years.

I cannot promise you will win your case for disability but I can say that if you get representation it will be much easier on you.  Should you want to contact Allsup please let them know that Jamie Volner referred you.  I guess for anyone I refer I get a 50.00 referral fee.  I thought that was neat!

You can visit the Allsup website by clicking HERE

Whatever you decide to do, however you decide to go about it, I wish you the very best!