Jul 27, 2011 - 2:02 am
I was diagnosed with stage iv squaumous cell lung ca in Janauary of 2011 (this year). I have worked for a teaching hospital since 1973. My chemo was spread out over 5 months, during which time I was unable to work or even unable to focus on applying for disability. Fortunately, I had a large bank of PTO (paid time off) to get me through this without interrupting my status as a full time employee or losing any pay.
Now that my chemo is over, I am much more functional, and my PTO is almost depleted, I have applied and been approved for disablility from a vendor employed by my company. Fortunately my boss has allowed me to work from home as I am able since May. Since my lung functionality is good enough to do this now, I would like to continue working as long as I am able, and my boss values my work enough to keep this arrangement indefinitely.
However, in speaking with my company HR, even though I jumped through all the hoops for disability (3 month waiting period; 6 month maximum elapsed time to apply since diagonosis, they are closing my claim because I am working. I would like to keep my employment activity in its current state until such time that I need, more chemo, or am unable to take the stress or meet expectations, etc. I would like to fall back on disability without elapse in salary (keep my approval dates). Ideally, I will not need to fall back on disability in the 10 years I have left before retirement age, but we all know cancer is too unpredicable to bank on this. So I've made up my mind that if they end up telling me in writing that I must re-apply under new circumstances, I will give up my dream and take the disability now.
Anyone had similiar situation, and if so, do you care to share what you went through and what the outcome was?