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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2008
  • 05:18 AM

My name is Ron and I have coronary heart disease (they tell me I have veins of an 80 year old and I am 52), stage 2 hep C and thyroid disease. Anyone have any suggestions to help with my quality of life? :D Does anyone think I can qualify for disability, it is very hard for me to work.

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  • Thank you for your replay. I am upbeat, I am good person and I have a strong faith in God. May God bless you and your loved ones. I live high in the mountains but I have heard that if I move to sea level that it would help my blood vein's open up more and give me better blood flow.So I am moving. Thank you, Ron B
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2008
    • 04:22 AM
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  • Hey Ron,how ya doin? I also have Hep-C and did 47 weeks of Interferon and Ribaviran. I was off work for 53 weeks.The Hep-C can mess with your thyroid big time, so that may be part of that problem? As far as the disability,I also have Reumatoid Arthritis,Osteo Arthritis,and something called Sideroblastic Anemia and with all this I am having a very hard time getting the disability.The problem is that they (Social Security) cant seem to believe that I cant work. Does the fatigue from the Hep-C affect you as it does me in that I have a hard time even walking a few hundred feet without just wanting to lay down and take a nap? I have been fighting with SSI for 2 years and almost 7 months now.I have had to retire from my job and am lucky I have a pension to try to live on. The Social Security seems to think that if you can sit and be a greeter for Wal-Mart,you are available to work.You will just have to start the process with SSI and file for disability.They of course will deny you and you will have to appeal,then they will deny you again and THEN go get yourself a SSI lawyer and get a hearing. The Lawyer will work on a contingency that if YOU dont collect,HE wont collect. The amount he will end up with is 25% of the total you collect from the time that you originally file but the way I looked at it is that 75% of something is BETTER than 100% of nothing. I am 50 and I think they will give me the disability when I am 62(haha) but untill then,I will fight the good fight and keep lookin up.The Lord provides and is good. Good luck my brother and keep a good attitude. PS...........Did you go through the chemo? What Genotype are you?I am Genotype 1a. The 2a is easier to get rid of and you only have to do 28 weeks. My viral load was 55million500thousand when I started chemo and was undetectable after 47 weeks. They took me off 1 week earlier than planned due to bad red/white counts and the Procrit for the red cells and the Nuprogen for the white cells wasnt working. My count 6 months post chemo was 269000 and is now (1year post chemo) 2million600thousand.
    buttinski 4 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 05:46 AM
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