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
One cannot live on SSDI alone, so I had to come up with something I could do that would bring in some income and I could do even when I was having a very bad day and in pain. Years after SSDI was granted for other issues I developed an idiopathic autoimmune condition. I have … Continue reading Income: Pet sitting
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
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.
"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
I did not have garbage service the first three years I lived in my home. Some municipalities will not allow you to not have garbage service, but we have dumps in our area that you can take your trash to should you choose to do that. I did not. I simply didn't sign up for … Continue reading Ways to Save: Garbage.
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.
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.