So…I hesitate to post this since it verges into political territory and that’s not what I like to talk about here. But then again, it’s certainly relevant to the topic! So I’m going to just go ‘head and (briefly) “get my soapbox on”.
I got my rejection from Social Security for temporary disability last year. I was told they pretty much always reject you the first time. Fine. But it is annoying when their decision is so transparent. They said, “you said that you were not able to work because of your cancer treatment. However, the records show that you had a voluntary 2nd mastectomy in September, but there was no sign that your cancer was actively spreading. So you could have gone back to work then.”
No mention of the 13 hour reconstruction part of the surgery! And of course I don’t even have to go into how ridiculous is their insinuation that action against recurrence is no excuse for treatment! Their audacity and plain old bottom-line mentality leaves me speechless.
These are the moments I am furious at moving back to the US…do you know that here in Europe, when you pay into Social Security, it is considered a benefit made available to you? Situations like this are what it’s there for. The US guards it like it’s a load of gold bars in a bank vault and we’re all robbers. I understand that most peole can work through treatment, but with my job, I was not one of them. Obviously there are people who scam the system. We’ve all heard of them and I think it’s inexcusable. But I think someone who’s paid into SoSec for 18 years (including when living abroad, which is why I claimed in the US and not Belgium) and claims 1 lousy year of help for cancer treatment is clearly not one of those people! Where’s the logic people? Gaaah!