I had my hearing yesterday, what a joke. It was like the judge was trying his best to unnerve me and make me screw up. I memorized the dates of my 8 surgeries in chronological order, makes sense right? No, the judge asks me when were your lumbar surgeries? When were your cervical surgeries? It was really hard to remember the dates that way! I did not get asked what a typical day is like for me, nor did I get to tell my "story" in any way. He seemed more concerned about any money I've made. I recieved some money from a family trust 4 years ago and he wants me to prove I didn't work for that money. And they said that the last job I had(for 6 months) never filed any 1099's on me. He says, "So you got paid and didn't file any taxes?" I said, "Sir I've ALWAYS filed and paid my taxes." I had to help my supervisor to fill out my 1099 for 2005 because she didn't know how. I have my 1099 copy, it's not my fault they didn't file thier copy! So for 2006 they didn't file again, I no longer worked there and I never got my 1099. Let me tell you how honest I am! I called there and asked the total of my income, I filed and paid the taxes on it. Who pays taxes on undocumented income!?! I do that's who!!! So they want copies of my tax records for 05 and 06. They will see how honest I am and maybe they will believe I am also being honest about my disability. Then they said they don't have any record of my income from 1986-1993. And the judge says, "Weren't you the bookeeper?" Insinuating I cooked my books!!! How infuriating! Why would I say I worked those years if I was hiding income? Those IDIOTS sent me a record of my income when I filed 2 1/2 years ago, this document shows my income from '86 to '93. WTF? I can tell you I felt very insulted. It truly seemed they were trying to upset me. This grilling took 50 minutes. Afterwards I allowed myself to cry and get angry. What upsets me the most? I am so worried for everyone else who has to go through this. Some of us might not be strong enough to fight these bas***ds. They have tricks up thier sleeves. I wrote my own paychecks for years and filed the taxes. So I KNEW they had been paid. If I had this court date 4 months ago I don't think I would have been strong enough to fight for myself. I think laws need to be changed. I think anyone who files for disability should be provided with a patient advocate. Someone who can stand by you through this process and make sure you have all your bases covered. Sorry such a long rant everybody, and this is only 1/2 of it! Good luck to all!!!