Is it time for me to consider applying for SSDI?Save as Favorite
I lost my job a few months before my diagnosis in late 2009 and have been unemployed since. I’ve had two major surgeries, three lines of chemo or chemoradiation, and two additional hospitalizations for complications. I keep thinking I’ll achieve remission long enough to get the energy for job-hunting, but that hasn’t happened. I am 59, my gynecological cancer is recurrent, metastacized and incurable, and I’ll soon be starting my fourth line of treatment. My husband and I are living on his income and our dwindling savings. Though I don’t like the idea, psychologically, of applying for SSDI benefits, I’m starting to wonder if I should. I can’t tell from reading the SSA’s “Disability Benefits” booklet if I might be eligible or not (when I’m not suffering chemo-related fatigue or chemo-brain, I can certainly “walk, talk, and remember”; during and after treatment, all three can be difficult). Would meeting with a disability attorney help me ascertain my chances of getting benefits? And if so, how do I go about finding a good one?