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A stroke is not a cold or a broken bone.


Michael

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I recently read a post, which I lost track of, from a woman in the last couple days mentioning her husband

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If you have been paying into SSI for 45 years, then you should be near retirement. One can begin drawing from SSI at age 62. How near to that age are you? You should at least go talk to them.

 

We are stroke survivors, not victims. Start using positive thinking and go for what you want.

 

Good luck.

 

Vi

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Unfortunately even the medical profession has the same problem with the cognitive part of stroke. It is sad but true. I can only imagine that the government unit would not know anything about the brain effects unless they had a close family member who had a stroke.

I hope you luck with SSI. Yes, a lawyer is a good idea.

RUth

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Michael, please try it first time around without a lawyer. There are several of us on this site who were approved first time around. It is definitely worth it to try and so much of it is documentation from your physicians. If you have a good medical support system, that really helps. You can do it online.

 

Again, I can sense your growing and benefiting from the support here. We are glad you found us.

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Michael,

Your entry reminds me of a post from a while back which was debated on the board for quite some time. Do you sometimes wish your deficits were more obvious? Many took that those who were not highly impaired physically looking quite possibly looking for some sort of sympathy. In reality I think the less impaired just wanted to express feeling their needs were being looked over at times because they were less apparent. Unfortunately you are very right in that those of us without obvious physical challenges appear to be fine and are not given the consideration for the damage that was done to our brain.

You don't mention what you did prior, but it may be easier to show you are not able to return and therefore qualify. For example I am a teacher and qualified in that due to the fatigue and lowered level of endurance, I am no longer capable of handling the stress and workload that my career requires to be effective.

Make sure you go armed with good documentation from your doctor, that is really key.

Good luck.

Maria

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Maria,

thank you for your response. I need to refine my postings to fully get my point across. You hit the nail on the head "In reality I think the less impaired just wanted to express feeling their needs were being looked over at times because they were less apparent. Unfortunately you are very right in that those of us without obvious physical challenges appear to be fine and are not given the consideration for the damage that was done to our brain." I just fire stuff from the bow and see where it lands. I could be more restrained, but that would not be me. Thanks again Maria

Leppy

 

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Michael,

Although my speech is alot better than it used to be, its not pre-stroke perfect. I have more cognitive issues that of course very few people are aware of. Even my folks who I stayed with for the 6 months right after my stroke didn't know about the cognitive issues that I deal with today. As I understand the process with SSI, if you have been denied twice, you are entitled to have a lawyer. When I started the process, I called a lawyer first. They told me to try to apply on my own. Hang in there. I understand completely. It's difficult, but I know you can do it.

 

cuzlin

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MIKE, TRY TO GET SSDI. I TRIED ON MY 1ST TRY AND RECIEVED IT. I LOOK 'NORMAL', BUT I DONT FEEL NORMAL. MAYBE BEBAUSE I HAD A BRAINSEM STROKE AND USE A WALKER, I RECIEVED IT. PLUS I WORK AT MY SAME WORK 10 HOURS A WEEK I CANT RIVE BECAUE OF THE STROKE BUT MY ON OR SOMEONE WILL DRIVE ME. SO DONT GIVE UP. TRY A SSDI LAWYER OR TRY ON YOUR OWN. IM 50 BY THE WAY. GOOD LUCK!!!!! PATTY

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Mike, I agree you should try without a lawyer. If your doctor provides the documentation for your prognosis, that helps a bunch. You definitely can apply on line. I did, then went to the nearest SSI office where they could pull up my application and make sure I wasn't missing any information. I was approved the first time.

 

Don't give up! Good luck and keep us posted.

 

Peg

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I'm in Georgia applying for SSDI you can not be working. In other words you have had to quite working. Fill out a application for SSDI. Make sure you keep a copy of that application. So when SS sends you more of the same question that you emember

what you put down the first time and thereafter. Also keep copies in case SS lose your application. SS lost mine not once not twice but three times.

I would first try placing your application yourself. Something I did not do put would advise

any one else to keep updated with where your application stands. If in a month call SS. If you

receive no snail mail from SS, call.

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