I think I just got approved for SSDI!

I went online to my bank account a few minutes ago, and i shows a post dated deposit for Monday as "US TREASURY 303 SOC SEC ACH." The amount is 6 months of what my monthly benefit should be, and from what I saw online when I Googled "US Treasury 303," it looks like I got approved! I applied on 11/27!

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Hey Todd O ,
I think you might just have won !!! That is great news for you !! I applied 3 YEARS ago and went before The Judge in Nov. of 09 and just saw my first money 2 weeks ago . So glad you didn't have to wait that long !!
Good for you !!!....Steve

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Wow, that is terrific news!

With your approval & Steve's, maybe there is hope for the rest of us.

God is great, all the time.

Blessings,

Jan :-)

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WOW that's some long wait. CONGRATULATIONS!

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THAT IS AWESOME NEWS !!!

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I was shocked! This is less than 3 months, but I guess that since my medical records, when put in on pile, are as thick as a New York phone book, they probably just approved me based on that!

I have my neighbor to thank for this. She told me to notify all my doctors that I was applying for SSDI and for them to expect a medical records request from SS. She did this herself and was approved in only 2 weeks back in 2002.

I also have my pulmie to thank as she was the one who suggested I apply in the first place. She was behind me 110% on this one, as she is with everything regarding my care.

It also took my close to 5 hours to complete the online questionnaire. I was very thorough with my responses.

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Jan,

Another poster here, Craig "ChronicStones" got approved in the same time frame as me. He also filled out the online form without the help of an attorney. I think if you are meticulous about what you complete online, that may help as well as notifying all of your doctors before you apply.

Todd

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Beautybarn,

Tell me about it! I was shocked to say the least! We were worried that we'd have to move, because prior to this, I WAS making about $75k at my old job and could easily afford to live in the home we had built. Don't have to worry now!

Now, I just have to focus on getting better, and with one stressful aspect of my life terminated, this should be a bit easier.

Todd

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Todd,
Congratulations!!!!

I can relate to the elated feeling of being approved of SS disability.
I applied online, just like you, April 2009.
My Pulmonogist was notified by mail that this was what I was doing.

SS responded by sending me a 5 page questionaire about my activity which I answered immediatly.
SS then sent me an appointment to report to my neigbor hospital for a pulmonary function test. I was there on time :-)

April 2009 the letter of approval arrived through the mail from SS.
My first check arrived in my bank account in October.

Why did it take from April to October? The rule is you have to have been without working for 6 months.
Since my last day of working was middle of March 2009. I actually was not approved until Septemeber.
I have lived and worked with Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis since 1996.

Todd, I celebrate with you the feeling of relief and thanksgiving.
Yes, now is the time for you to experince the miracle of healing. Best idea you can have of allowing your body to come into full alignment with health.

Grateful

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Todd,

Congratulations Todd! This is a major accomplishment and so glad you were able to stay focused when you made your online application, especially inbetween making your delicious homemade French dressing for the family (:
I am certain that some of the sarcoid fog will lift just a little with that huge weight off your shoulders. Without realizing it, the fog lifted for me a long time when I finally got my award which in my case was 4 years in the making. I had no idea how much the lack of finances was making on my mental health, so I am curious as to how this will help you.
Again, congrats!
Lauren

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Grateful,

I've actually been laid off since August, 08 and was collecting unemployment. I stated on my application that I was unable to work starting February 2009...when I was have the severe nausea and vomiting for 7 months, then the cardiac sarc, etc.

I did have the multi page questionnaire to complete as well, and got that back to the state adjudicator within i few days of receiving it. She said she may want me to see one of their docs when I spoke to her on the phone, but I guess not!

Now, I don't have to worry about paying the bills.

Todd

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Lauren,

You have no idea how much this will help. We were thinking of selling our house and if I wasn't going to be approved in a timely manner, we would have. When you go from making $75k down to $234/wk, it really hurts...all the savings and retirement accounts are gone and we were borrowing from my wife's family to help us along.

Now, the only other hurdle I have is getting the money from my father's estate from my sister. It's a long and complicated story, but she is playing hardball with me and I still believe that she thinks I'm making all of this up!

But, this is a great relief to my wife and I, and our kids are happy they won't have to leave their friends.

Todd

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Congrats on your success.

Two questions - feel free to answer privately or just point me to a URL to figure it out if you'd rather.

How does one determine what the SSD benefit would be or is there a flat rate? How much did you get?

Has anyone applied for LTD with The Hartford as a private insurance from their job? Anyone gone through LTD and then SSD because it's required by the insurer?

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MB,

You should get a letter from SS every two years, I think that shows how much you've earned in your lifetime, broken down by each year, and how much benefits you'd qualify for if you applied for them. That's how I knew what I'd be getting for disability.

Contact SS to get them to send you your copy.

Todd

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Todd, I am curious to know. I too was laid off in July of 2008 and started collecting unemployment in August of '08. I was diagnosed with Sarc in March/April of '09 but I think I've had it much longer. It just was not diagnosed as Sarc. With all of the extensions granted within unemployment Insurance I am still collecting unemployment although I know that I cannot work a full time job right now. (Unless I am granted another extension, I only have 2 more UI checks coming). Had you stopped receiving unemployment benefits prior to your applying for SSDI benefits? How did that affect your process?

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BB9795,

I was still filing for UC because I didn't know if and when I'd be approved for SSDI. Of course, I'm not filing for UC now. It seems you and I have a very similar timetable of events. I think both are mutually exclusive, so one didn't effect the other.

Todd

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Ok, it's officially official! I just got my award letter in the mail today, exactly 3 months from when I applied!

I also got a letter in mail yesterday for a phone interview on Tuesday to get bennies for my kids too.

Since ChronicStones (aka, Craig) and I got approved in ~ 3 months, SS must be looking at sarc differently now.

Both he and I completed the online application. It took me about 5 hours in two different sessions to finish it. They want to know EVERYTHING. Be as detailed as possible and what I think helped was that I informed all of my doctors that I was applying for SSDI so they knew to look for the records release form (I dropped off 18 copies to my local SS office in Allentown, PA!)

It then went to the state level and they had me complete a five page form to describe what my limitations and what I could do on a daily basis. Again, I was VERY detailed and didn't exaggerate anything. We have sarc, it speaks for itself, eh?

The atmosphere in our house has gone from one of worry to one of comfort right now! We no longer have to worry about where the money is going to come from to pay our bills. I'm hoping to receive Medicare soon as well since my wife's insurance from work has a $3,000 deductible and I'm averaging about 5 doctors' visits per month right now.

All this was done WITHOUT the help of a lawyer, btw!

If any of you have been considering applying for SSDI, it seems things may have changed in our favor. Go for it! It's one less thing to worry about...this disease gives us enough to worry about, right?

Take care and God bless!

Todd

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Todd
Good for you. It's nice to know that the system can work in our favor once in awhile.
Jp

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Hi Todd, I to suffer from Sarcoid. Everyone tell me that I am lucky but I really don't feel lucky. I've had a puititary Tumor, Diagnosed with Sarcoid a year after the tumor. I have always had palpatations and futters in my heart but I constantly work. I am feeling worn down, tired and I hurt all over. I recently have been told that my vitamin D levels are at 9 and been prescribed with Vitamin D. I plan on trying to apply but I have to stop working.
Congrats on your success. It took my sister almost 2 years.

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Jp,

Thanks. I just think that since the two of us got approved so quickly, they may be taking a more serious look at sarc. It's good news!

Todd

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Terry,

Since I have increased symptoms and my pulmie, who has been fantastic through all of this, isn't sure I may be getting the best care, so she might be referring me to a sarc specialist at either HUP or Temple.

If you are considering SSDI, tell your doctors up front and tell them what you can and can't do so it goes into their office notes. The more detailed you are, it seems, the quicker you'll get approved. I thought for sure that I was going to go through the appeals process, but thank God I didn't have to!

There's hope for all of us sarkies! It's a very bad disease; we KNOW it's a bad disease and I think SS is starting to realize it too!

Good luck, and if you need anything, let me know.

Todd

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