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My mom cant work anymore what does she do

trinarose23
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my mom has stage for lung cancer she get cemo everyweek and radation everyweek. She works at as a cook in a school. todaywas here first day back she cant possible do this all year my dad has been unemployed for over a year and cant find work so she thinks she has no other chose but to work. She is under 100 lb and is in so much pain these tumor just keep growing. She keeps telling me that she has to work or they will have no income and she will lose her insurance but there has to be something i can do to help her i mean i try paying as amany bills for her as i can but i mean i have to kids of my own and i just cant afford it either. so if anyone has any sugestions please let me know im scard that if she keeps working we are going to lose her sooner the we already are. thank you katrina

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soccerfreaks
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Your mom can apply for Social Security Disability and, since she is a stage IV lung cancer survivor, I believe she will be 'fast tracked' for benefits. She will have to stop working in order to receive these benefits, and they usually do not pay as well as what one earns while working, but it is something to consider.

As for the insurance dilemma, she might want to check into something like Medicare or Medicaid (I am not an expert).

Additionally, following are some places that provide support of one type or another and you and/or mom might consider contacting one or more of them:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/financial-resources

This site is put up by the National Institute of Health or some such, and is government-supported.

Cancer Care, a non-profit org., offers free support and counseling for cancer patients by oncology social workers. They have face-to-face counseling and counceling on the phone. Support groups on the phone are available too and are moderated by an oncology social worker. Call 800-813-HOPE. They can also give you info about financial resources. Check their website: www.cancercare.org

Gilda's Club - www.gildasclub.org - they offer free social and emotional support. Not sure if they may have financial information but check it out just in case.

Live Strong - www.livestrong.org - offers one-on-one support.

American Cancer Society (here) can also give you financial, support, etc. information available in different cities.

Hope this helps.

Take care,

Joe

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mamacita5
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If your mom works for a school district there should be someone in charge of benefits. She should speak to that person to get the paperwork started for her disability benefits. They should be able to guide her as far as what she may qualify for. Best wishes go out to your mom.

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Dapsterd
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Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://csn.cancer.org/forum

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
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Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://csn.cancer.org/forum

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
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Joined: Jun 2010

Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://csn.cancer.org/forum

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
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Joined: Jun 2010

Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://ssa.gov/applyfordisability/?h

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
Posts: 291
Joined: Jun 2010

Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://ssa.gov/applyfordisability/?h

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
Posts: 291
Joined: Jun 2010

Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://ssa.gov/applyfordisability/?h

Best wishes....Dave

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Dapsterd
Posts: 291
Joined: Jun 2010

Go this website, secure your application date, will take 1.5 hours to fill out so secure the time, have all paperwork from doctors available, make sure you have a printer.

Also, bring copies to your local social security office, call them and make appt.

I would do this and you will probably get expidited benefits very quickly, mine are taking six months.

Also, your social worker at your hospistal will help you through this, aybe see her first, she may fill out most of the forms for you !!

You need income disability and need medicaid it sounds like.

Here is claim form web address
http://ssa.gov/applyfordisability/?h

Best wishes....Dave

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stayingcalm
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Six out of 7 ain't bad! And when you delete the extras no one will have any idea what I'm talking about ;-)

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soccerfreaks
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I will :)

Take care, girl,

Joe

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stayingcalm
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Thanks, Joe!
Deb

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Dapsterd
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I was able to delete another multiple post...tell me how again !!!!

Help me out ...thanx...

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stayingcalm
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You're right, Dapsterd - seems there's a window of time for editing posts. There's still an edit button (for me) on the post I just made to Joe, but not on my earlier posts. It's not really important ;) If it bothers you, you could probably ask the powers that be to remove the extras, but the rest of us don't mind...what's that well-known proverb? Oh yeah, "S--t Happens!" ;-)

stayingcalm

frankie310
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Joined: May 2010

How old is mom ? Go to office of the aging or see if there is a social worker available where she gets chemo . Thats what we did. office of the aging was great they came to the house and helped fill out all the paperwork they even submitted the application and put it on the fast track . Also your state may have programs for medication help they help with that too . Good Luck

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