are you on disability and if so why?

@mikeysmom (2091)
United States
May 23, 2008 1:45pm CST
it seems like more and more people are on disability than ever before. i know some personally too. i was just wondering if you are and for what reason? it seems to me like some people who are on disability should not be like my cousin who is a drug addict and an alcoholic yet my sister is having to fight to get it for my nephew who has autism. another friend of mine is on it for fibromylgia and sleep apnea. and i know two other people who supposely have bad backs yet i see them getting around just fine in daily life. so i am wondering why it is so easy for some people to get it and harder for others who seem to really need it?
4 responses
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
9 Jun 08
is if they want it. Back problem OH YEAH I see a woman walk by here ever day who gets a pension because she says she hurt her back. She walks all humped over then when I see her at the next town over she walks like a 20 year old. I walked away from the church I used to attend because same thing the preachers wife applied for a disability and she got it. She's so honest don't you know. She got her pension, dropped about 20 pounds, rides her bike and she travels all over Gods creation and walks like a millionaire. Now you know why poor buggars like us are without and they say we're the smart ones???? OK THEN
• Canada
9 Jun 08
Well I think you are 100 percent correct there are more people now a days applying for disability than ever before. I also think about half of those applying shouldn't be even allowed to apply. I'm not going to say what percent shouldn't be allowed because all that'll do is cause a riot. I know I have a weight issue, I always have from childhood but here's the rest of my story. I was born in Canada and I have never left the country. I have worked from the age of 15 at which time I had a full grade 10 and part of 11. I have worked very hard all my life to support myself and my daughter. I am now suffering from many issues which include, sleep apnea, I have missing discs in my neck, I have sever arthritus, in need of both knee replacements, a bone disease, very bad back problem associated with the bone disorder, fibromylgia, blood pressure problems, kidney disorder and I have had a heart attack. I applied in 1999 and was refused. I had doctors letters like you absolutely can not imagine and therefore I went to tribunial hearing and lost again, I was denied and the reason they gave me was and I quote" You definately have enough bennefits paid into Canada Pension Plan with your excellent work record, however we feel with your level of intellience you could obtain sedatary employment." I asked who was going to pay for my computer courses and what good would it do when I can only sit, stand and walk for only a minute or two at a time, keeping in mind I had all this on paper from the doctor. My answer to this was, "That's not our problem." I know what you're talking about when you say people with addictions are covered I've seen it all and really here in Canada where I live we have centres where addicts can go for help, that
• Canada
9 Jun 08
I am soooo sorry about how this printed out the first time. What went wrong???? Guess it's because I'm too smart??? Yeah right Good One hehehehehehe
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
23 May 08
My husband is a 100% disabled Viet Nam vet. His primary disability is extreme PTSD which causes anxiety and depression. He ran his own business for over 30 years and received no medical help for his condition until his wife of 32 years was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and he could no longer function. Since then he has had a heart attack, triple bypass, surgery on one carotid artery, has glacoma and advanced artiritis in his lower back and hip. It wasn't easy for him to get disability. First the V.A. gave him 100% non-service connected so he appealed that because the trauma of two tours in Viet Nam is what caused the PTSD. He won the appeal but was rated at 70%. He appealed that and was finally awarded 100%. This took about four years to finalize, meanwhile he went through evaluation after evaluation in little ten minute time slots by strange doctors who couldn't care less about him when his regular V.A. psychiatrist had already indicated that he met every criteria for being classified at 100%. Like you, I know people who are on disability and probably shouldn't be.
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
23 May 08
i am glad he got it because he certainly deserves the help. i just hate when i hear that people are on it and really should not be. i wish him all the best. it sounds like he has really been through alot.
@cripfemme (7713)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I am on disability due to having Cerebral Palsy (which, in my case- Cerebral Palsy varies widely- means I'm in a wheelchair, speech impaired, and my left side doesn't obey me much, although I can stand up and do all my writing and typing with my right hand; that's also how I drive my wheelchair). I'm also severely allergic to certain kinds of plastic, and have to various medical conditions that require medications daily (about $3,000 worth). I don't know why some people have a hard time getting on disability. I know the government wants to avoid cheats, but you'd think they'd be better off paying everyone who might need help (even if that means they pay for someone who ought not get benefits- and there are such people, in my opinion).
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
25 May 08
If you can find the answer to that question, I am sure that you can run for president and win it. Like you, I have seen people that looked about as disabled as myself. I always just figured that I am only seeing a part of the picture and don't really know all that is going on to make them disable.