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Fully Favorable Decision from the Judge

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Well, all. I kind of did a team blast yesterday and dropped a one-liner about the status of my Disability application. I got a call from my attorney yesterday and she went online to check the status of all her cases and mine was granted a favorable decision by the Administrative Law Judge!

I am so happy that I did a little dance, a for-real little dance. A little shuffle, a spin and a hop. And while I can do that yesterday, today I am in bed and may be bound here all day. I think that since I have finished cleaning and am back on the machines and walking several miles that I have overdone it. I was off the machines for 5 days and cleaning has been the majority of my workouts, with sit down sessions often, and getting back into the swing of things was a bit much for me. In a hurry I guess.

Anyway, I have no idea of the financials at this time, but they are setting my Disability date as of 12/1/2008, so that means I have been legally disabled for at least 4 years now. I feel like someone has just taken the "She's crazy" sign down from over my head. There is nothing worse than feeling like crud every day of your life and not being able to get tests or anything to find out why. And then when someone finally says, "Yes, you are disabled", it's just like getting a seal of approval or something. But at least now I am not as crazy as I thought I was. I don't think... haha!

And my father is already shopping in the JEGS and Eckler's Chevrolet catalogs for the interior for his 1960 Bel Air. I mean, I haven't even gotten the letter in the mail yet, and he's got money spent. I have no idea if they are back-paying all the way to 2008 as they should or what they are doing, but now I am able to give them back so much of what they put out for me. So they will get a lump sum of about $20k, I do believe. And I am probably going to save the 1957 Bel Air from being sold and forego buying a new vehicle. I cannot work on a new vehicle, but I can work on an older one and I helped build that car so I am not letting her go that easily. Oh yeah, I am a gearhead's daughter. And we fight over the old cars and trucks all the time. Fun fighting, of course.

Anyway, I wanted to share my great news with everyone who supported my frazzled mind and body while I have been on this long journey. I can take deep breaths now, I can stop fretting over how I will ever pay my parents back for all that they have done for me. And I thank everyone for believing in me when I had doubts about the whole process myself. Thank you, Judge Cavarese and my attorney Sara Tremel (I told her it was beneficial to have a very attractive attorney!).

Anyway, guys and dolls. I am off to find something to do that is low impact and not going to wrench my joints or spine. Looks like some recumbent bike riding and some ball and foam roller work inside. It's raining a bit and my bones are feeling every drop.

Peace, Love, And Final Resolutions!
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  • _LINDA
    Fantastic news!! And, yes they should be back paying you for all those years!! I guess I was lucky, it only took a year of haggling for me to get mine, and then yes, everyone back paid me. Was kind of nice except for that lean year of waiting. Sure is good to have a parent (or parents )supporting you!
    1831 days ago
    Great news. I don't know why they have to put honest people through such grief to prove they're disabled. Hope they send you back payments from 2008.
    1831 days ago
    So glad about the good news! Don't push yourself too hard though, it sounds like you're overdoing things a bit. It must be such a relief to see some $$ in the future to help out with all the costs these last years!
    1832 days ago
    Congratulations on your good news!
    1832 days ago
    So happy to hear your good news!!! It must be such a relief to have this resolved!!!!
    1832 days ago
  • UMBLAH21
    So awesome Ang, was it granted on the RA? Awesome feeling that you will be able to get the medical care you need. My RA has been acting up real bad. I had to stop taking the Enbrel injection I was on for 2 1/2 years because it was making the optical nerves in my eye swell. Which is very bad. So I have been flareing big time for about the last month. Going to see the Rhumatologist in the AM. Hugs.

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  • MARIANNE9855
    so pleased for you- it must have been terrible waiting all that time emoticon
    1832 days ago
    emoticon I have been on disability for nearly 15 years, but I remember the relief of having it approved. Great big sigh of relief! I am so happy for you.
    1832 days ago
    Thank you all for your support. Unfortunately, the headache has returned with the good news. Just think it is something my brain is gonna do. And now the wheels in my head are turning at full speed and I need to shut them down sometimes too. So today has just been about stretching and getting the tension to release my neck, which is killing my head.

    I was told by a wonderful person that good news is also traumatic and all I can say is you are SOOOOO RIGHT! I will get back on the ball tomorrow and start out fresh and new.

    And my father needs to stop spending the money I don't even have yet. It's always been a problem for him. He loves to "window" shop. Meaning, looking inside the window of a car he wants so badly! It's not shoes for him, it's everything else!! But I owe them and they are not going to get me forget it!
    1832 days ago
    the BIG announcement!!!! Yah you!!!!!
    let the wild rumpus begin.
    Life is so great sometimes!
    I am so happy for you hon!
    whew what a relief.

    1832 days ago
    emoticon Ang, and do you ever deserve it! I got turned down and I kind've know why, because they thought that I could at least work in an office. Yes, I could but not also. With so much fatigue and wrists and hands that don't want to cooperate?! ha! Anyway, I'm not fighting it and I know that you're so much worse off with your back, etc. My poor dear! I feel for you just about every day!! Hooray for you! Yippee!
    1832 days ago
    Angela!!!!! I KNEW there was something wrong with you!!!LOL I am so pleased for your result. Sometimes it's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, girl. I am happy that this issue is over for you. The fear of being turned down has made you so fretful and worried for so long. You likely won't be able to sleep now. This the best news I've heard in weeks and I couldn't think of a better person for this to happen to. SO, 3 cheers for breaking your back? No. that's not right, is it? LOL Happy, happy girl.

    1832 days ago
    Many, many emoticon !! And much love to you! emoticon
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    1832 days ago
    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1832 days ago
    that is great news! I'm glad it is resolved in your favor!
    1832 days ago
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