As most of us are of the same age group, I am hoping someone had already have the trials and tribulations of dealing with the Social Security Admin.
* I lost my job in June 18, due to incompintence caused by ADT SE’s (brain fog, severe decline in executive function / cognitive issues. This is in addition to the more typical ADT andropause SE’s.
*. My Oncologist sponsored my claim for RITDI based upon my word when describing my symptoms. This was axcepted by the State and ran untill funds were exhausted on Jan 5, 2019. This was roughly 50% my regular take home pay (with no benifits, I had to pay for those out of pocket)!
*. While still on ADT (Eligard) I Clearly was still unable to work thus not eligible for unemployment insurance. I opted for early retirement in stead of starvation. At now 63yo, I was elegable for SS at a reduced rate. I am in the 66.75yo group. That is roughly 25% of my regular take homep pay ( benifits out of pocket again, too young for Medicare)
*. Now there is a provision where if retirement is the effect of an injury or illness, you can apply for a review. I have applied (jan 2019) and a mountain of paperwork filed in Feb 2019. If approved, this would eliminate the reduced rate penility and consider you to be eligible for your full retirement benifit due at legal age!! I have been told to expect to be rejected and advised to appeal immediately. This will raies my pay to @ 35% regular.......!
Now, here’s the deal!!! The expected 6mo process is underway and now I received a letter demanding that I see their Clinical Psychologist. No instructions other than show up!! I don’t mind telling you that this is really got me woried sick. Set aside my own opinions about shrinks, this has substancial finnancial implications for me and my family.
Part of my decline is that I don’t go out much because I hate talking to people, especially strangers!!! I am unable to carry out a spontaneous conversation and it is quite embarrassing!!! Just draw a blank, standing there like a moron with not a word to say!! Praying that the fucking crying thing doesn’t kick in!!!!
I understand that about 95% of you have no idea about the SE’s beyond hot flashes and no labido. A few of us are blessed with very debilitating SE’s that are far far beyond that!! Many Dr’s don’t get it either, yet now I need to prove it!!!!!
This is not a pity parade. I know where to find sympathy, in the dictionary........
Any ideas on what they will want to hear? What I should bring as proof? Is it time Lawyer up (thats why I put $%’s above so you understand that money is a factor)? Any suggestions at all even from a Psychologist.
Ps: I am not seaking Ssd because of having PCa, but the side effects from the treatment. Huge difference!,, they have criteria for actual cancers!!!