3 years after applying I finally had my SSDI hearing today.  The waiting was difficult because I thought about what might happen all of the time, what someone who didn’t know me and my life would decide about how what has happened in those 3 years has affected my life.  My lawyer had told us that we could expect to wait at least 90 days after the hearing to get the judges decision in the mail.

I don’t know how long the hearing lasted exactly, but it didn’t seem like very long.  As soon as I walked in I started to shake.  The lawyer asked the judge if we could sit in his presence, and he said yes.  I was sworn in and the judge questioned me about several different things, from my scars and medications, to my seizures and driving, and even how much I weighed.  It was quite interesting to me that during the entire hearing he had music playing.

At the end of the hearing he said “I am issuing a bench decision in your favor to grant your benefits”–I actually muttered the words “can you repeat that” because I wasn’t sure I had heard him correctly.  My lawyer looked at me and said “its ok”.  So now we know the decision, and we only need wait for the official decision in writing, however the process will be expedited because the judge issued a bench decision.


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  1. Not only do I have goose bumps, but I am crying tears of joy for you! What an awesome day! I don’t even have words. I can’t believe you were able to type something (although I’m glad you did). Your strength & courage overwhelms me. Your faith is unshakable. What an ending to a long, extremely hard chapter in your life. At least in part. Have a blessed time with your family. ((((hugs))) +

    Comment by Shellie (baylormum) — June 16, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

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