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    I was just wondering if anybody in Canada has been approved for disability due to IC? I am in the middle of applying for it right now and would appreciate any suggestions. My family doctor says that they will not approve me because I am under 40 (I am 34). I am worried that I make a mistake on the application and will not be approved. How long does this process usually take? Any suggestion I can get would be great.

    Shmoopy

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    Hi there,

    Yes I know there are ICers in Canada who have been approved for disability. I'm not sure about the details, but I think you need to go on short-term disability and then on long-term. Your GP or urologist should know more about the process since they will be providing you with letters.

    Good luck!

    Take care,
    Alexa
    My story of healing and hope http://www.ic-network.com/patientstories/alexa.html

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    • #3
      Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I got approved for sick benefits under unemployment insurance in Ont...it is for 15 weeks--go to the nearest office and make sure you have a dr's not stating that you have IC and that it is severe and that there is no chance of recovery any time soon...they aren't allowed to ask for medical records..they just need your record of employment stating the last day you worked and how long..
      It's pretty easy..my benefits are up mid-nov...they told me they would need further medical documentation after that..not sure if that means I apply for Canada Pension Plan or what..

      Good luck! You can look them up on the computer or give them a call..they were actually very nice! I thought that I would get the run around but they say that you will get a confirmation within 28 days! Good luck and if you have any other questions, I'll try to help!

      Lainie

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      • #4
        Hi Lainie,

        I don't think they make a Hallmark card for this occasion, BUT congratulations on the sick benefits. I know what a relief it is to get them when you are feeling so bad. It is just one more battle you don't need to fight. So I am really happy for you and hope this way you are able to get the rest and relaxation you need and deserve.

        Super news!!

        Louise

        <img src="graemlins/bunny.gif" border="0" alt="[bunny]" /> <img src="graemlins/bunny.gif" border="0" alt="[bunny]" />

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        • #5
          Hello:

          What kind of disability are you going for? I have a plan through work that I am on.
          Yvonne
          God bless, Yvonne

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          • #6
            I am trying to go for long term Canada Pension Disability. I was diagnosed 16 years ago, and it is just getting worse, I cannot see myself ever being able to work again. I was on UI short term disability for 15 weeks around two years ago but I have had no source of income since then. I would appreciate any information you could give me.

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            • #7
              Scmoopy:

              I wish I could remember the post that I was on a while ago..on it, was a lady who I think had been approved for CPP--she was saying that you should write a letter explaining your situation, hand in all medical records/list of meds you've tried etc...sorry I can't help you much but if I come across the post, I'll let you know! Good luck!

              Louise, thanks for your kind words! It is nice to not have to worry about working and dealing with IC - not sure what to do once the benefits run out but will deal with that when it comes, I guess! Are you on any sort of disability?

              Lainie

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              • #8
                For Lainie and Shmoopy,

                I am the lady who posted info about the CPP benefits a while ago when you were inquiring about them, Lainie. And you are welcome for my post about your getting the short-term disability.

                The posts I put up for you re applying for the CPP (for Shmoopy's info) are down below under CANADA CHAT - Disability.

                I hope this is of some help to you, Shmoopy!!

                If you have any other questions, please let me know. As I posted previously I have been on the CPP benefits since 1991/2 and that was before I was diagnosed with IC even though I have had it for 25 years.

                Louise

                <img src="graemlins/bunny.gif" border="0" alt="[bunny]" /> <img src="graemlins/bunny.gif" border="0" alt="[bunny]" />

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                • #9
                  I don't know anything about CPP. The other thing is that it may depend on what province you live in. I live in ontario and am currently on the Ontario Disability Support Program. It was a process that took well over a year and almost everyone gets refuse the first application and with at least one review. I have a friend with cerebral palsey who can barely walk and is legally blind and they refused him the first 2 times and had to go to the tribunal (a meeting with you, your legal aid person, a person who does all he can so you don't get it and a neutral person) where they grill you about why you're applying. I had to tell them how many times i was peeing and they were caught up on the fact that it depends on which day and they knew squat about IC. Anyway, if you go to the www.canadaic.com board you might get more responses to help you out. I'm 27 and got on ODSP. I'm sure there are other provinces with this type of disability but i'm sure they're at least as gruesome as the ontario one.

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, Louise!! Forgot that was you that helped me with the benefits question!! My memory is not what it used to be! How are you doing with your IC? It is such a relief to get the benefits-one less thing to obsess about-in my case, for the time being..they run out in Nov.. so be prepared! Around that time, you may get some posts begging for more of your words of wisdom!!

                    Take care!! And thanks again!

                    Lainie <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[angel]" />

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