As many of you know my oldest son was born missing half his heart. We found out about 12 hours after he was born that something was very wrong and in an instant our whole world changed. If he was going to have a chance at life he was going to have to have at least 3 major open heart surgeries over the next 4 years. We would also have to go to other states for most his medical care.
We were lucky to have insurance, but even with insurance the bills we were facing were more than we could ever cover. I have always been raised to be self sufficient, provide for myself or go without. But in this case it was time to look for help to provide my son the chance at life. I would need to apply for medicaid and disability
Thankfully I had people around me to try and help me out. It was not “just paperwork” it was the paperwork that would say my son would get the help he needed to live. We sent the paper work in only to be denied… I physically fell to the floor and sobbed like a baby! I wanted to give up, but I could not I had to fight for my son. I appealed the denial and the 2nd time we were approved. Later I found out that MANY are denied the first time and never reapply.
Years down the road my father-in-law was laid off of work, he was just a few years away from retirement. He quickly found another job at a fraction of what he was making before. But this job was a hard manual labor job, and he was in no shape to be doing that kind of work with his failing health. But he did it to provide for his family. He applied for Social Security Disabilty benefits and was denied. It was at that time I told him about our friend Ernie Shell who was a former SSI worker that he had started a company called Advocates for the Disabled. He helped people with their claims, helped with their appeals and got results… and did not charge anyone unless he got them approved. My father-in-law was in the same position I was in years before, overwhelmed and after the denial wanted to give up. He turned his case over to Ernie. Ernie’s guidance and knowledge helped my father-in law get approved for social security disability benefits.
Since then I have sent many friends and family to Advocates for the Disabled. I know how it feels to be in that situation and it is so nice to know there is someone there with a smile waiting to help you with your case. Someone that understands it is NOT just paperwork but it is your life, and they are on your side to get you the help you need!
If you are disabled or wonder if you qualify for disability benefits do not hesitate to give them a call , they are happy to answer any questions you may have… after all it is FREE! Tell them A Thrifty Mom sent you!
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