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#195281 10-22-2017 01:58 PM
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Thank you every body for helping me with the confidence to ask my Doctors about Social Security Disability, I filled out the paper work and have been approved. I am waiting for my first check due to come this month. SS told me that September would be my first month on disability and I would receive it on the 4th Wednesday in October. I went to a financial meeting the other night at my local cancer support group as there was a SS attorney there that made a 1/2 hour presentation with questions afterword. After his presentation he left, but from what I understand he said that after the age of 62 (I am 61) regular SS payments will take over where SS Disability payments were present. At the age of 62 that is considered early retirement which I think will be a decrease in the amount of the check. I worked in the work force for over 40 years and was going to wait to receive full retirement benefits at the age of 66 &3/4 until I got cancer. Is there any truth to this statement or did I misunderstand?


5/31/16 Partial Glossectomy
Right neck dissection
22 teeth extracted
Six weeks of radiation Ended 8/19/16
2/8/17 Biopsy of epiglottis-cancerous
35 radiation treatments to the throat, End 11/17/17
8/23/19 Tongue reconstruction, left radical neck dissection
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Congrats on getting approved for SSD!!! Im so glad you talked to your doctors and got them involved right from the start. That makes a huge difference. Im sorry but I do not know about SSD changing to regular SS at age 62, If you find out, please let us know. Im sure many here would be interested in the answer to that question and how it impacts medicare too.


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2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
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To my understanding, the only thing that changes when you reach retirement age is where your social security payments come from; Social Security instead of Social Security Disability, and no changes are made to the amount you currently receive as that was already calculated, and taken into consideration the shortened work time, and minus any increase for cost of living lol, and deductions for Medicare, if you do receive it.

You can call SS and ask. I have about 10 more years to reach retirement age.

Here is a link from SS regarding the issue:

https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/blog/disability-benefits-switch-retirement-65?page=5

Last edited by PaulB; 10-23-2017 10:20 AM. Reason: added link

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Congratulations on getting through the mess of Social Security/Disability (not that you want to be 'disabled'). My husband suffers from several issues (back, Parkinson's,...) and was approved for SSDI 5 year ago at age 62. Though his 'full' retirement age would have been 66.7, he received the equivalent of his full social security benefit - it was just paid through SSDI and not SSI. When he reached the 66.7 years, his file was switched from SSDI to SSI - same amounts, just different government accounting agencies. Certainly take the time to confirm your situation with SSA, but hopefully you will not see any decreases.

Nancy


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Age 56 at diagnosis
Neck Lymph node removed 11/2012
Tonsillectomy perfomed 12/2012 - identified as primary
SCC Left Tonsil with Left Node involvement, DX 12/2012
RX started 1/29/2013, finished 3/23/2013;
Daily IMRT (35 Sessions)
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Congrats, i know it is a relief. When i was accepted, i could have cried. I didnt know what i would do, if i didnt get it.


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04/25/17 Biopsy result SCC on left side tongue
04/27/17 CT Scans--shows shallow tumor
05/02/17 Pre-op
05/03/17 Surgery to remove tumor
05/08/17 Cancer still present
05/10/17 2nd surgery-
06/05/17 PET on 6th, RADS start on 06/20/17
07/11/17 Halfway point!
08/01/17 Last treatment
11/1/17 Cancer is back
11/15/17 Emory University surgery. neck dissection, left lymph nodes removed, tongue free flap from left arm with skin graft.
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Thanks for the link PaulB and everybody else that responded, just received my first check on Oct. 25. You all are correct, what a relief! The last 35 rad treatments did something to physically and mentally, some days I take 2 or 3 naps and some days none but still feel tired and worn out. Couldn't work part time let alone full time if I wanted to. Was a master auto mechanic for about 40 years, I have had enough! My wife has been a great care giver but it has also been hard on her as well. We thought she had a ulcer from worrying so much but Dr. said irritated stomach after endoscopy, she is getting better.


5/31/16 Partial Glossectomy
Right neck dissection
22 teeth extracted
Six weeks of radiation Ended 8/19/16
2/8/17 Biopsy of epiglottis-cancerous
35 radiation treatments to the throat, End 11/17/17
8/23/19 Tongue reconstruction, left radical neck dissection

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