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    It would be very helpful for

    1. to have a step by step procedure.. my mind is so cloudy now i have a hard time readingthese disability articles and they just turn into a blur [img]frown.gif[/img]

    2. It would be very helpful to the rest of us.. wether you were approved or denied to post EXACTLY what you did from every piece you submitted to what you didn't submit so we could see a pattern on what they like to see and what they don't seem to like.

    I have been trying to do this for 2 years now and I always get tired and discouraged or scared. I called a NEW dr. and won't see him for a MONTH and im not even sure he'll look into my ic and I don't want to apply until I have allll the info I need to turn in because it is taking me sooo long [img]frown.gif[/img]

    thanks all

  • #2
    Don`t give up it`s a long fight.Very frustrating when you feel so bad. I won the battle,after a long fight. Sheryl


    • #3
      cherish~I ordered a book from the ICA which was VERY VERY helpful to me. If there is one here on the ICN someone please direct us cuz I can't find it.
      It was VERY confusing and frustrating for me too but with the help of my daughter and 3 of my dr's I won on my first appeal. I kept track of every single thing I did, made copies of every single paper I sent to them. Wrote times, dates and the name of the person I talked to on the phone each time. When they started asking the same question using different wording I would just write "see answer to question #9". Since I did keep copies of everything, if I thought that I had already answered the question on a different form, I would go back to my old forms and make sure I used the exact same wording.
      I got lucky and didn't need an attorney. If you don't have a family member or a friend that can help you maybe you should call one.

      best of luck~
      Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow".


      • #4

        There is a section on disability in the Patient Handbook listed under "Living with IC - Careers" that looks to be helpful - but then I am from Canada and things work differently here but it might be of benefit.

        Good luck,



        • #5
          I think Teri's advice to get a friend or family member to help keep things straight is a wonderful idea. So far, I have only started the paperwork for my short term disability, long term disability and Social Security. Prior to that, I did all the paperwork for ADA and FMLA at work. I too am keeping copies of everything and thankfully have my husband to talk things over with. I promise to keep track of everything I do and post my experiences in this category. Cherish, if all else fails, I will make my own packet of copies of my forms and send them to you; successful or not. Also, my doctor is an angel. I'm in Arizona and would be happy to refer you if there is ever a chance to get here. Write to me if you want to and I'll give you an update as days go by in this.


          • #6
            I appreciate that yes please do [img]smile.gif[/img]

            dont know if i posted this but I got a letter from my dr. saying I could not to any occupation...

            kinda waiting for my other dr. to say im mentally deranged and ahve other problems other than ic before continuing im just so afraid to apply [img]frown.gif[/img]


            • #7
              Hello, just wanted to say I did get approved for disability, first time I was denied and won my firts appeal. It took 10 mnths. I filled out every paper they sent me and I also sent everything I could find to support my symptons; like pamplets and articles written by other Drs. I really think the key to my winning was my Drs. and what they wrote in their letters, thank god for an excellent pain management and psycitrist(sp?)they are very good and caring Drs. and I am glad to have found them. Good luck to everyone who is trying to get disability and don't give up, you know what your body is going through better than anyone else. Sue [img]smile.gif[/img]