Disability Review Update

When I received a letter from Social Security on Friday I told myself I wasn’t going to open it until Monday because it had the potential to ruin my weekend. But on Saturday when I was by myself I suddenly thought I have to know NOW.

Basically it said that although they told me that they were going to review my case, they do not need to review it at this time and that they would not be contacting any of my doctors. I had received the “short form” for my review and they hadn’t asked for my doctors anyway.

I am very relieved as I do not believe I can work, nor find a decent job if I had to. I have been out of the workforce since 2008. My former career in recruitment would be too stressful and I would have a steep learning curve as I am sure things have changed. I might even need to be retrained for another career but with my cognitive impairment, could I even learn or memorize something new?

Having my disability extended is a mixed blessing. I never counted on getting sick, but it’s good that I receive some sort of income. I often wonder where I would be had I not gotten sick, about the opportunities and life I could have given my son, but I don’t think about it for too long as I would go crazy.

Who knows when Social Security will review my case again? I have no idea but at least for the moment I am safe.


Excuse the blurriness, my hands are shaking really badly today!

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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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