How-tos and Questions About Filing for Disability
Getting Government assistance

How-tos and Questions About Filing for Disability

I am honored that Alison invited me to write a post about filing for disability from an attorney’s perspective. I hope to answer some of the most common questions claimants ask in regards to filing for disability. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Tatiana Froes. I am a disability attorney practicing disability…

The pain of losing a great doctor
Dealing with Doctors | Overcoming Obstacles

The pain of losing a great doctor

On Tuesday, I had an appointment with a new neurologist. The neurologist I’d been seeing, Dr. Schneider, was on medical leave due to a cancer diagnosis. I’d had a telehealth appointment with Dr. Schneider in June, and he’d been a little pale and skinnier than usual (he was always a pretty slender guy), and during…

Self-diagnosis: perils, pitfalls, and occasionally the appropriate action
Dealing with Doctors | Strategizing for success

Self-diagnosis: perils, pitfalls, and occasionally the appropriate action

While I’ve talked about how the diagnosis process is one of guessing and checking, I want to emphasis that in most cases, it’s essential to have a doctor be involved in the process. We, as lay people, don’t have access to all the information or tools needed to be in any way sure that our…

Can you get disability if you have FND?
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Can you get disability if you have FND?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a relatively common (though rarely properly diagnosed) condition. I was diagnosed in 2003 when it was still being called Conversion Disorder (and labeled as a mental illness rather than a neurological condition). I want to be really clear about this: the condition you have (your diagnosis) is less impactful on…

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t
Strategizing for success | Getting Government assistance

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t

While I’ve talked about this a bit previously, I want to dig a bit more into the idea of getting or staying married while on disability coverage. The first and most basic thing that I want to emphasize is that this is a choice and that there’s no automatically right or wrong answer. What there…

Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’
Overcoming Obstacles | Dealing with Doctors

Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’

I thought it might be helpful to take a few steps back and dig into how doctors are trained to think about and look at patients, and how they are trained to make diagnoses. This is really important because it helps us understand where missteps and mistakes are more likely to happen and to have…

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny

As I’ve mentioned on previous posts, you can work while on SSI or SSDI. There are programs, like Ticket to Work and Vocational Rehab programs that can help with the process. However, the reality is that while they can give you information about working, they often are only prepared to help you with calculations related…

Internalized Ableism: the struggle to accept our own worthiness
Overcoming Obstacles | Taking care of yourself

Internalized Ableism: the struggle to accept our own worthiness

People with disabilities are often marginalized by society – and there are a variety of reasons for it. The social model of disability focuses on how instead of viewing our symptoms as failures on our part, it’s time to start looking at what assumptions society has made that makes participating in the greater community more…