I know some of you have been there. Please post tips, advice if you can. Many of us hope for some help and guidance as well.for those of us that have been denied before we hope for this moment to finally arrive, but it can also feel very scarey. It can be a very isolated feeling. There is so much riding on this please share if you can.
LMB It took me 5 years to get mine. I went before 3 Judges using a cane, @ the fourth judge I used a wheelchair, because I didn't know how far I would have to walk. Now I don't know if that helped or not but I got it. My lawyer told me when I turned 50 I would automatically get, I was 50 in Feb. and got it in Nov. This was my experience. My husband got his in 15 months with his Dr's help. Good luck.
I have also been told that at 49.5 years old the rules lighten up a tiny bit. Just makes no sense, but what government program makes sense. Their reasoning is that after 50 it is harder to re-train someone for a job. I truly think they (Social Security office) just hope we give up or die first.
I have learned the the key thing is to go in a be totally honest. I had an amazing judge, he listened and understood my pain. Although I dont have the actual approval in my hand, my lawyer told me I won my case.