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Hi,my name is Chad I am from a very rural area in southwest Ohio. I have a wife who I have been married to for over 16 years now. I was a hairstylist by trade for 20 years until I started getting hit hard with Osteoarthritis, severe arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands, back problems, I have degenerative disc disease in back and neck, I also need a full hip replacement which they won't do until I'm older. In October of 2008 I stopped working and began the long road to obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, in July of 2009 I filed for the first time and was denied. I then hired a attorney and filed the appeal and as most are I was denied again. But recently in September 2011 I finally had my hearing with the judge and was awarded fully favorable. I have been coming here to MDJunction for over 2 years seeking support and advice along my path to getting disability and now that I have been approved, I hope to be helpful to other members that are going through the process.
Hi, and welcome to the Social Security Disability Advice Group. I have been a member of MDJ for over 2 years now, and I love all the online support communities I belong to. I became really sick again in 2008 and had to apply for SSDI a year later because I could no longer do my job of the last 25 years. I was approved for SSDI eventually but it took me about 20 months to get approved for benefits. I was approved for several chronic mental health conditions that I have struggled with for most of my adult life. I have panic disorder, GAD, and moderate depression. I also have some minor physical health problems but they are small in comparison to my daily mental health challenges.
Most people call me Lost in all the groups I participate in @ MDJ. If you are new and just starting the SSDI or SSI process, or you are at any one of the various levels and have questions about the process, I am more than happy to share with you my own personal experiences and also learn new things from you that I did not know as we dialogue back and forth.
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