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May 23, 2013 12:30AM
I got back pay to when applied, the reason SSD rep gave me is that my first symptom was swollen lymph node under right arm and went to gyn who explained to me that lymph nodes swell when our bodies are fighting off something like the flu (even though I didn't have flu symptoms) and he sent me for mammo & ultrasound...which I mentioned a slight size difference at that time but was told by rad tech that most women are assymetrical and at that time had no other symptoms of IBC - not that they (rad tech or gyn) knew anything about IBC then (they didn't)...the lymph node went back to normal... but by March08 it was obvious something was wrong.
So because I went to see a doctor and that is documented with those first symptoms, which were not dx as any cancer then, the SSD rep said that's the date they go back to, as long as I had not been working full-time...if I had been working full-time but had to take time off work for anything related to symptoms or diagnosising, would still go back to that date. There is a five month waiting period.
Here's how mine worked.
March 2008: Diagnosed with biopsy.
March 2008: Filled out application online and went into local office with required documents.
April 2008: Received entitlement letter stating my date of diability, benefit amount, backpay to receive, that my benefit will be direct deposited on 3rd Wed each month.
May 2007: Was determined by the SSD rep date became diasbled (first sign of symptoms and not working).
November 2007: Calculated to my Date of Eligibility (because of the waiting period: May to June to July to August to Sept to Oct = 5 months of waiting)
May 2008: Received backpay benefit (direct deposited) for November 2007-March 2008.
May 2008: Received first benefit payment for April 2008 and have ever since on 3rd Wed of each month.
You can get a debit card or have it direct deposited to your own account.
bco sister since 2008, rejoined 2012.
3/15/2008, IBC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/18 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-