And It’s a Hearing For Me, Next on the Disability Agenda

One week later, I finally spoke to my lawyer’s paralegal about my Reconsideration Disaster. According to her, I am where I want to be.  There is no going backwards, no matter how unfair my Reconsideration process was.  She said the hearing is where most people win, where judges tend to be more sympathetic.

Doesn’t sound too bad, right?  Except it could take up to 15 months for me to get a hearing! I’m not sure if she said if it was just New Jersey or all over the country but they are so backlogged with people waiting to have their disability cases heard that they are flying in judges from Puerto Rico to hear cases.

15 months…where will be financially?  Where will we be living?  How will I be feeling?

15 months from now Tyler will have just turned five-years-old.

I asked her what comes next and she said that they filed for a hearing on my behalf on July 7th and that they will be sending me more paperwork.

It’s another Friday with bad news, where I have to hold my grief in because my son is home for the whole weekend.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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