Dec 11, 2013 - 10:40 pm
I have a S.S.D. question. I worked as a Tool and Diemaker for almost 31 years. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 esopghageal cancer just before my 49th birthday. Having never been a smoker and very light drinker it was quite the shock. I underwent the chemo and radiation treatments and went on disability right at the beginning of chemo. I had the transhiatel surgery in September of 2012. Developed a leak and infection and spent 17 days in the hospitol then 3 months of nothing by mouth. ( All j-tube ) I am still suffering from dumping syndrome daily. Because of the scarring I continue to get dialations because of the narrowing and keep my throat open at about 8 mm so all eating is slow and careful. Mainly feel sick for 30 minutes to 2 hours after almost every meal. Short winded and have never got my stamina or full strength back not to mention I do not like to bend over below the waist at all or stuff backs up into my mouth. I am also diabetic and am on insulin shots to control my sugar now. S.S.D. has me up for a review in October of 2015 but my company that I worked at for 27 years will not hold my job after April of 2014. I am 50 and worked tool and die my entire career. I do not see how I will ever be able to return to that type of work. My employer allows people to return to work with hour restrictions but 0 physical restrictions. So with that as my history I am trying to figure out my options. Will it be hard for me to requalify and just stay on SSD or I am going to have to start planning for some new entry level career that can accomodate my restrictions? What have others experienced? Thank you.