The SSA person that worked my disability application called me this morning and informed me that my request was approved! I spent a lot of time and energy to put the application together and called my doctors' offices to make sure they submitted my medical records to the SSA. I received a couple of SSA requests for additional information and I responded to those requests as quickly as I could. As you all know, being able to concentrate for more than a minute or two is very difficult when you hurt so very much but, somehow I managed.
Although my case worker did not know why, she says that I was also given Medicare Parts A and B coverage as of April 1, 2013. I understand you are supposed to be on disability for 1 year before you qualify for Medicare insurance but apparently there is something in my disability claim that generated the Medicare for me. Medicare is so much cheaper than my COBRA medical insurances. Whatever the cause or reason, I am very excited to receive this good news as my news has been constantly bad for over 10 years now.
Good luck and peaceful nights to all of you.