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kellephant
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not trying to be nosey... i just really need advice! feel free to reply privately through PM [Smile]

how do those of you who don't work afford treatment?

my husband and i are in our early twenties, and i haven't been able to work for 2 years now.

i can't afford all the meds i'm supposed to be on, and even going to doctors on my insurance is expensive!

i'm not complaining, i'm sure i'm not alone... which is why i want advice!

i don't really own anything valuable... otherwise i would sell it. i DID have to sell a gift from my late grandfather to be able to afford some of my prescriptions though [Frown]

what can i do to make some extra money? we already have no cable, just one vehicle, only one phone on the cheapest plan, and we don't buy anything extra...

i just don't know what to do! there are several tests i need to have done when i see the doctor in august, but i don't know how we'll come up with the money in time.

i thought about donating my plasma, but i don't want to make anyone else sick!

and i refuse to go back to work feeling like this. last time i honestly thought it was going to kill me. i think i feel better not working and not getting all the medical attention i need, than i feel working so that i can afford medical care. i NEVER want to feel like that EVER again.

anyway, if you have any ideas please PM me! [loco]

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I don't know what your income level is. If you can get a doctor to go to bat for you and claim you are disabled you may be able to qualify for social security disability income (SSDI).

Social Security always denies everyone the first time they apply - no matter how disabled they are and how much proof they provide of their disability. You'll have to ask around to find a good attorney who will fight your case when it is denied.

Once SSDI is approved they have to give you backpay to the time you applied. For my stepdad who went totally deaf, this amounted to tens of thousands by the time they won.

Find an attorney who will not charge you until they win your case for you. I personally know two people who were totally disabled, were denied, hired good lawyers who then won their cases.

I tried applying for SSDI and was turned down on the basis that my husband made too much money. I think that's a sham. I'm seeing my LLMD tomorrow and ask him to go to bat for me, then will find an attorney and ask them if this is the case or if social security is just lying to me. If they are I'm getting myself an attorney.

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so the first step is finding a doctor who actually believes i'm disabled... *sigh*

goodluck tomorrow!

i wish they wouldn't make everything so complicated... we're already sick and confused... it shouldn't be so hard!

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