Monday, April 21, 2014

Social Security Disability Claim: DENIED!?!

Relying on God's promise that His timing is PERFECT.

My disability claim was denied. My conditions on my form included:

Hypertophic facet disease
Degenerative disc disease (from the lowest disc to the highest in my spine)
3 bulging discs (L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1)
2 torn discs (L4/5, L5/S1)
Peripheral neuropathy (both legs & feet)
Chronic migraines
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Chronic pain syndrome (CPS)
Spinal stenosis

I have official diagnoses of all of these conditions and documentation that I personally sent in to the Social Security Administration. I was never even seen by one of their physicians, which shows you how "seriously" they take into consideration those that have legitimate issues functioning daily and how "serious" they are about approving the legitimate cases that come through. Bottom line: they are trying to pass off all the cases on the first round (no matter how legitimate or serious) to create less of a workload for themselves. Praying for patience as I try to bare with the stress (and high pain levels that it creates) as I start the appeals process. I don't think these people realize what they do to those of us who are truly sick when they put us under this kind of stress. 

Please pray with us as we attempt to appeal the claim. This is sometimes a long and frustrating road. Trying my best to trust that God has it laid out perfectly...


  1. Having your claim for SSDI denied is indeed heartbreaking, particularly if you know that you followed all the steps properly. But just like you said, there is a time for everything. Who knows, you might find luck the second time around. You might want to seek advice from a lawyer though. That should help you get a clearer idea of what you can do to improve your chances.

    Brad Post @ Jan Dils

    1. Hey Brad! Thank you for the advice and encouragement. We decided to appeal with the help of a lawyer who wins 95% of her SSD cases, and she said she couldn't believe they denied me the first time. She said it shouldn't be a problem to get approved this time around, but it's obviously a lengthy process. It takes at least a year to get a court date. So mention of a court date. It's frustrating at times. I have to then keep my heart in check and remind myself that God has this all under control. Nothing can happen to us without first passing through His sovereign hands of approval (paraphrase - Hannah Whitael Smith).


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