Social Security: Part 5 Medical/ Medicare

I was fortunate for some time.  Since I was determined to be disabled under a certain age I was able to stay on my mom's health insurance plan for many years.  My mom bore the burden of this cost for over a decade.  The amount of which I only realized much, much later when it … Continue reading Social Security: Part 5 Medical/ Medicare

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Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame

For the last twenty plus years I have wrestled with guilt. I call it, “survivor’s guilt,” as a riff on the original meaning. I survive today because programs exist to support people with disabilities at a rate far greater than the past. Yet there is such a stigma attached to using them when your disability … Continue reading Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame

I manifested a Friheten.

About two weeks ago I  looked on Ikea.com and decided I wanted the Friheten couch.  My friend and I had planned on an Ikea trip in two days, so I would have the opportunity to mess around with it in person and make sure that I liked it. I'm a fan of getting to Ikea … Continue reading I manifested a Friheten.

Social Security: Part 3 – Working

"You can work on disability?"  This question is asked a lot, generally with disbelief or shock.  The general public believes that if you are "permanently and totally disabled," and unable to do, "substantial gainful activity," you are unable to do anything. Period. Full stop. Let's discuss a few things here.  One is the idea that … Continue reading Social Security: Part 3 – Working

Social Security (SSDI): The numbers. Part two.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability you must meet federally established requirements for "permanent and total disability," including being unable to work for over a year in the future.  You also must have completed enough work credits (worked enough reported full time hours) to qualify for the insurance benefit.  I believe I only … Continue reading Social Security (SSDI): The numbers. Part two.

Elephant in the room: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance.) Part One.

People are always interested in SSDI and what it entails, what it's like, just generally everything about it.  They also have the misinformed idea that it's a livable amount of money. That it is somehow living on easy street and that it's permanent.  It's none of those things.   This post is going to discuss my … Continue reading Elephant in the room: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance.) Part One.