Hey everyone-just thought I'd update you with this excellent, and surprising, news!
I have FINALLY won my SSDI case!!!!! AND, I didn't even have to go to court on the 8th now!
Long story short-my atty wrote the Judge to ask if he could rule w/o going through another hearing b/c of all of the new evidence & recent findings (L4/5 & L5/S1 are torn, in addition to the 3 cervical & 3 other lumbar discs that are shot) & my difficulty in sitting that would cause me so much pain during the hearing, & today (of all days, go figure!) he heard back-the Judge agreed & has awarded me the disability! I don't have all of the details yet as far as $ or anything, all I know is that he deemed me fully favorable. My atty is coming down to FL for vaycay in a few days (since he had planned to be here for the hearing anyway & had already booked his hotel, etc) so he is going to take me to a celebratory dinner. He said either SSA will mail me the info, or he'll bring it to me if they fax it to him before he leaves. Oh, & I also don't have to wait 2 years before M'care kicks in either, which was a pleasant surprise! (because I've been waiting longer than 29 mos-that's what the atty said)
Thank you SO much for all the support! I've still got a little climbing left (wanna see the decision in writing as well as the $, plus still need the fusion done), but I've been waiting SO long to hear the word "approved", I haven't been able to stop grinning since my atty called :-)
I'll update when I find out the details-hopefully there isn't any "catch" involved, ya know? (guess it's hard not to be skeptical after all of the let downs in this process)
Those of you still fighting-do NOT give up! Nobody said it's an easy process, but the benefits will certainly worth the perseverance!
Have a great night everyone! :-)