We've reached the light at the end of the Tunnel !!!!

@leenie50 (3992)
United States
July 30, 2010 9:31pm CST
As many of you know, hubby has been out of work for the past 3 years, and I've been on disability for 2 of those years. We've gone through foreclosure and every devastating situation imaginable. Since hubby was a little boy he's had asthma and since before I met him he has had COPD. This ordeal has taken its toll. I finally convinced him to apply for SSDI. He applied on May 5th and was approved on July22nd. That was just barely over 2 months. Now I'm not bragging just extremely thankful. I'm thankful to each and everyone of you who have stood by me and supported me through this time of ups and downs. I love all of you for becoming my friends at the worst time of my life. And I hope that I can be there for you. Have any of you ever applied for disability and had it come through so quickly? Leenie
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@JenInTN (27546)
• United States
2 Aug 10
Congrats! I have been fortunate enough to not have had to apply but I have known many people that have applied and been put off for years.
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@celticeagle (123886)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug 10
I was fortunate and things timed out well.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Hi Jen, I'm glad you are healthy and I hope you stay that way. Most people do have to wait for unreal lengths of time. I am over joyed that it came through so quickly for my hubby. Thanks Jen
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Aug 10
In NY State? Fast? Heck No! Ny friend applied for disability after her husbnd divorced her. She is totally blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other. They refused her two times. Finally she got an agency involved and said, "I just want the disability so I can qualify for training and have an income until I get a job." The third time, she applied with an Independent Living Center behind her and she finally got it. Anyway, 2 incomes are so much better than one, esp. these days. I'm sorry he has COPD, but I'm glad you will have 2 incomes now. I hope that things go better for both of you now. I know you've had it very rough.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
29 Aug 10
Hi writer! It's nice to see you. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Itr's so sad to hear that people like her would be denied not just once but twice!!! How obvious does it have to be? At least she is covered now. Thank you for your kindness. Hugss Leenie
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Aug 10
hi leenie oh great thats wonderful as I knew he had been o ut of work for longer than my own son. So he has got approved without a lot of problems. When we were evicted and made homeless and my son was stillout of work, he and a worker from Adult protective services got me put here in Gold Crest and I came here the day before thanksgiving in 2008 and in two months got approved for SSI disabilty because of my bad leg in its brace and the fact that I have diabetes and a bad left arm also. This was the doings of the retirement administrator Jenet and I really owe her big too. between my social security and my SSI checks they pay my rent and board here each moth and allow me one hundred twenty five dollars for my personal use. Now at long last my own son has got a job for which we are both really happy too. Some complain here but to me its a haven and much better than living on the street totally homeless. I am really grateful as the one week we stayed at Salvation Army hospitaly house was an eye opener, they were kind enough but it was not like being back in o ur apartment.Your feeling of self worth sure takes a beating.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
11 Aug 10
Hi Hatley, You and your Son are always on my mind since you both became homeless not long after my hubby lost his job. I'm so happy that things are working out better for you. And for your Son to get a job is terrific. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to appreciate what we end up with. I am so glad that you are happy where you are. We moved into a 2 bedroom apartment and it's not a bad place. I'm very happy to be out from under the major costs of the house. Hatley, be happy and enjoy the friends at your place as well as all of us. I hope your Son feels much better about himself as well. Love Ya, Leenie
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Aug 10
hi leenie thanks so much for best response and I am a lot happier now too.
@celticeagle (123886)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 10
I am happy to hear that you had this experience. So many times it is just the opposite. I too had to go on disability. I had luckily gotten a early retirement from my job and applied for disability and got it very quickly. I was so thankful because we were without income at that time. I being the only one working in a household of four people.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
3 Aug 10
Hi Celtic, First of all, I am so sorry you need to be on disability! Was it an accident or illness slowly coming on? I just hope you are ok. I am thrilled to hear that your disability came through for you so quickly. Hubby and I are so thankful that we didn't have any children depending on us. I have had my disability for 2 years but as you know that doesn't go very far.Good luck and hope things continue to go well for you. Hugssss Leenie
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@celticeagle (123886)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug 10
Hi Leenie! Thank you for the nice note. I have had this all of my life it just got worse because of the stress I was under and came to a head. Hope things go well for you as well. Hugs, Celt'
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
31 Jul 10
Leenie I am so happy for you that it happened so fast I had to fight for a year to get mine and it was a lot of Stress and breakdowns for me as I hardly had any money lost my House and basically everything I worked for so I am so happy for you both that it went fast and smoothly Love you and big Hugs
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Hi Gaby, I know what you mean by the year of waiting. I was so thrilled when my hubbies came through so fast. Like you, we lost our house and struggled to find the money to pay every bill that we had. I don't need to tell you any of this as I know about your struggles too. How are you and Gissi getting along without Ging? How are you feeling? Take Care, Love Leenie
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
4 Aug 10
Hi Leenie I am so happy for you I really am Gissi is not to good he was rushed to the Vet again last Night As for me well they just can not shift what ever is lodged in my Lungs I had another X-Ray yesterday But I am coping I hope you are both well Love you
31 Jul 10
Hi leenie, There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, I am so happy for you both, now things will be better, I am on disablity allowance for a few years now but hubby works, he had to cut his hours down to look after me, but we managed, I am so happy for you hon. Hugs. Tamara
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Hi Tam, As you said, there is always light at the end of the tunnel but sometimes it seems to keep getting farther away and then, Bingo, you are there!!How are you doing sweet pea? Tell me what you are suffering with? Love Leenie
31 Jul 10
Hi leenie, Sorry didn't get back earlier, yes, I am blind in my right eye, also deaf in my right ears, suffer from cronic back pain as I have problems with my hips, cannot walk far now. My legs are black and blue as I keep bumping into things, lol! but it don't worry me now, just got to live with it, love and hugs, Tamara
@1hopefulman (46052)
• Canada
31 Jul 10
No I have never applied myself as I have never needed it. Even when I got sick, I had some money saved. I'm happy to know that things are getting brighter for you as you see the light at the end of a dark and long tunnel.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Hi hope, I'm so glad you have never needed financial or medical help. It's really hard turning over the wefare of yourself or a loved one to the Government but sometimes without any other choice. Thank you for your well wishes. Hugsss Leenie
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@1hopefulman (46052)
• Canada
1 Aug 10
Hi Leenie! While I have not needed it so far, it's good to know that it is there when the situation warrants it. That's one of the reasons why we pay taxes.
• India
10 Jan 11
Well i have retired from job in 2006 April, i faced an accident that damaged my left hip bone, but i can walk, move of my own, i didn't find any difficulty in taking a class, so i never applied for disablity.. your hubby is fortunate to get it through quickly, Thank you so much for sharing. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
10 Jan 11
Hi Professor, I suspect that you are still in pain with your hip, but I am so glad to hear that it is not holding you back. My hubby would give anything to be able to go back to work. But as you may know, COPD only gets worse and never better. There are certain diseases that once confirmed are quickly approved for disability. Take care of yourself and thanks so much for your response. Leenie
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Congratulations ! I've not known you very long but sounds like you've done very well over the years regardless. I too applied for Social Security Disability after two heart attacks last year, May '09, four days apart, in the state of Montana and was first turned down in Montana.....we moved to Oklahoma and I was determined and as the SS admin. ticked me off since I have only about 37% heart function remaining......so I sat down, wrote a four page letter to the SS admin. here in Oklahoma and my case went thru really fast. I didn't use an attorney like everyone told me to do but I did call two......they both are still bothering me but I didn't want to pay the back pay they were asking. I am proud to say I'm on my third month of disability. Once again, congrats to your hubby and God bless you both :) quita
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
5 Aug 10
Hi quita, I'm happy to hear that you finally received your SS. There was a day when being sick was enough to receive what you worked so hard for. Today for the most part they force us to get a lawyer. Why? I have no idea. I'm sure it's to discourage people from following through. I'm very glad you were successful. We unfortuneately could not afford the time. Maybe now you can rest and take care of that heart. Leenie
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
2 Aug 10
God bless you leenie 50 and your husband. No I have never applied for disability, I have a cousin who did. He has cancer and he applied for it and got it rather quickly. I understand your circumstances concerning devastations. I give all the glory and honor to God for seeing me through these hardtimes. I am without income, due to the economy, I am not old enough to draw my SS, benefits I am searching daily for ways to get sufficient funds to pay my bills, and thank God he is providing for me daily. You and your husband stay with Christ, get a good relationship with Him and He will continue to bless you all.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Hi Chevee, It's nice to see you again. I am so sorry that you are in such a bad situation. When my hubby was awarded his disability, that was the first day in three years that we were finally given a chance. I would not be here without my Faith in God. During our dark days I was constantly searching for ways to cover our rent and bills. We were foreclosed on and yet we kept going one day at a time. When the doors kept closing, I kept looking. So sweetie, keep believing and keep taking it day by day. Good luck. Leenie
@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
1 Aug 10
Hi Leenie, this is such an elevating news. I love you dear and knew that you would be happier. Someone, who has been so supportive and beautiful has to have all the positivity coming her way. I really pray for you all. Hope you, your hubby, son and all have a wonderful life forever. I am so happy.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
3 Aug 10
Hi Sweet Mimpi, You always have the sweetest things to say. I was hoping you would be here to help me celebrate our good news. It was such a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much for your loving comments. You have always been a positive friend for me. I just want you to know how much that means to me. Love Ya, Leenie
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@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
31 Jul 10
leenie50, Congratulations! I am glad that you had pressed on and persisted all this while. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going - you have won a good fight and have done well. Keep it up!!!
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Hi Sky, I was honestly beginning to think that this saga would never end. I just couldn't see the light of day. Now that things are really looking up, I can continue to encourage others to believe that a new day will bring relief. We all have to believe. Thanks Sky. Leenie
@oldchem1 (8144)
31 Jul 10
I am pleased that you have had some good news for a change,I know how awful it is to be so down and I hope that you are soon back on ae even keel. Good luck
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
4 Aug 10
Thank you oldchem for your well wishes. I just hope and pray that other people in our same kind of situation don't have to suffer as long as we did. But it's over now and I thank God for it all. Leenie
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Wow, Leenie! I'm so happy for both of you! That is simply amazing, getting approved so fast. It took Social Security nine months just to give me my first denial and that was after them saying (on paper) that it would take no more than 120 days. You know my whole story, over seven years from application to approval so to hear your hubby got approved in only a little more than two months is incredible! I'm so very happy for you. I know of one other myLotter who was approved very quickly. Maybe she'll see this discussion and respond but she's not here often these days. (It's moon lit magic.) I don't think she was approved that quickly, though. She did get to the point where she had to go to a hearing, but was approved only three days after that hearing AND the computers were down at the time. I thought that was a miracle! So, what are you going to do with all this money coming in now that you're rich? All kidding aside, I'm so very happy that you have less to worry about now. It feels good to know there's money coming in, doesn't it?
@ellie333 (21018)
31 Jul 10
Hi Leenie, That is fantastic news to hear, it doesn't stop the health problems but it does help with the financial one eh! It does indeed sound like you have been going through a major battle the last few years. I have never applied for disabilty but after three years of 24/7 care for my younger daughter and many trips to and from the hosptal I discovered that I could have applied for carers allowance and got helps with costs for the hospital trips, I did apply and received the hospital trips petrol allowance for immediate journeys but no back pay and was declined carers as she was thankfully getting better and able to do more on her own. In this country they never tell you what is available so I just struggled through. My friend though applied for both disability for her husband and careeers for herslf and this was processed within six weeks which makes it easier on them. Healing huggles. Ellie :D
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Hey Ellie, This truly is fantastic news. My hubby keeps waiting for someone to come and tell him it was a mistake. God forbid!! It's been so long since he's been happy, that he has forgotten how. In this Country, there is lots of help but no body knows about it unless you search for it. I hope to keep helping people find those avenues. I did it all myself practically but even if I can help someone get started, that's half the battle. Ellie, without you and another dear friend that helped me out in more than one way, I want to thank you with all my heart!! Love Leenie
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
31 Jul 10
I am so glad to hear that leenie,it is great news! I tend to believe that when things happen quickly and smoothly they are just meant to be and your husband is getting the help both of you deserve. I had my husband’s sickness benefit approved quickly once by a lovely man in the social security office whose sister suffered the same condition as my husband so he was very understanding of my plight. I went in there desperate because my mortgage was due and I could not pay it because my partner was in hospital and I was not earning enough income to cover all our bills; that man was a godsend and I believe that sometimes we receive the help we need just at the right time. I hope thing will continue to flow smoothly for your and your family and that your husband feels better.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
1 Aug 10
Hyour hubby is doing ok.i Paula,I love your story and I completely agree that God comes through at just the right time. I also feel that we need to keep our eyes and minds and Hearts open so that we don't miss all the little blessings God sends on a continuous basis. Some of those Godsend people are actually Angels in my eyes. I hope your hubby is doing well. And you as well. Hugs Leenie
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
31 Jul 10
Hi leenie, though I could not come to your help,I'm happy that you could overcome your problems. I would be happy to share your sorrows and miseries. God bless you both. Bhanu
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
bhanu, Thank you for your kind and sweet thoughts. I feel truly blessed that good things are finally happening for us. Stay sweet! Leenie
• India
31 Jul 10
hi i just saw you today. i had a online friend who had a similar situation like you i always used to feel sorry for her and would try to help her a lot but could not. i m very worried i can't see here no more on yahoo chat. i hope she too found the tunnel at the end of the road
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
1 Aug 10
Hi Cobra, I truly hope your friend gets her disability. There are sooo many people needing their SSDI and are literally dieing waiting to get it. The reason I wrote this was to let my friends here that have known about all our struggles, that we were going to be ok afterall. I hope I didn't upset those that are still waiting for theirs. I was hoping to give them some hope. God Bless your friend as He has blessed us. Leenie
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Jul 10
Hooray, Dawn does happy dance for you.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Thanks Dawn. I've been doing imaginary dances since we found out. I'd forgotten how good it feels to be able to buy food and pay the bills. Keep on dancing!! Hugssss Leenie
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
31 Jul 10
It is a blessing in my life that I have never had any kind of disability, but I am ever so happy that things worked out well for you. Nice to have you for a myLot friend, Leenie.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Hi drannhh, Thanks for your well wishes. Anyone who has not dealt with disabilities has been truly blessed. Stay well friend. Leenie