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  1. Diana Worley says:

    This is a wonderful blog Stephan, so much great information. I have 2 children who are disabled and they want to continue working until it is no longer possible. I often wonder if there will be help for them when they need it. It seems like this is a job for some people who defraud the system. when people who need it have to jump through hoops. Good for you, taking postive steps to live a productive life and help others do the same. Disability does not define you, you define it by taking positive action to defy it!

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Thanks for commenting Diana! I’m glad you find the information on my blog useful and I wish the very best in health for your 2 children and that they can continue working. Drop me a line if you need anything!

  2. I kind of wonder how some people are able to “game the system” when the Social Security Administration has judges who are quick to deny benefits to claimants in the face of evidence to the contrary.

    Hopefully you will be able to assist others find their ways through the nightmare that befalls those who become disabled. Thanks for shedding light on the subject.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Thanks for commenting Jeff! I think what’s particularly upsetting about the whole situation is that there are many people who ARE legitimately disabled but never get approved despite rounds of appeals and iron-clad proof.

      1. Billie Jean says:

        This was me. Went to ask the trouble of hiring a lawyer. He said I win the award for most medical paperwork. I have two conditions listed on the SSDI website that should qualify me.

        One is my endocrine system, and the other is PTSD. Along with fibromyalgia, and major depressive disorder. The one that is life threatening and life alerting is the endocrine disorder. It affects me every day: it caused muscle wasting. Puts me in the ER about 3x yearly, causes extreme fatigue and affects my blood pressure (lowers it dangerously).

        Even though I had proof of all this, the judge denied me on final appeal. He didn’t even MENTION the endocrine disease, and said the reason for denial was that I didn’t prove I had the disorders as of SIX YEARS before my filling date????!! What? When did that date become relevant… And yes I did.

        I’ve had one of the conditions documented for over 20 years, endocrine for six, so I don’t understand how he can just CHANGE the date I’m requested to prove I had disability by, when the letters prove I had it by my filling date. Sigh. Seems so unethical. And as if I’m being denied, not because I’m undeserving, but because they have a quota to cut. That’s what it feels like. Feels very unfair. 🙁

  3. Well this isn’t good news. I just went on Long Term Disability due to illness and am currently in the lengthy process of applying for Social security benefits. All I know is that I’m not getting much in terms of monthly income so that’s why I’m concentrating on getting my affiliate marketing sites up and running.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Hey Ian, thanks for commenting. Well, things will probably work out for the short term so we should all be okay. But the long-term future is anyone’s guess…

      I wish you luck with your affiliate sites and let me know if you need any help!

  4. Matt's Mom says:

    It’s really pretty scary, but as you say, I don’t see the government letting the SSDI run out and all those on disability suffer. These people have no other way to earn an income, this would be devastating. So I see the government protecting this program, which is what it should do. I know there are some who should not be on disability, but there are a lot more who are legitimately unable to work.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      It’s a tricky situation for sure, Leahrae. Thanks for weighing in…

  5. Nice job, Stephan. I can tell this is a subject you are passionate about. I feel for the truly disabled and ill but unfortunately there’s so much fraud out there, it’s sometimes hard to accept the funding necessary for any of the great society programs. This country is in trouble on all levels.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Yup, that’s the case Dave…

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