When living with a chronic illness, there may come a point where you and your physician discuss applying for Social Security disability. There is a lot to know about the disability process, what it entails, and who can qualify for disability. For Lupus Awareness Month, I partnered with Healthgrades.com to do an amazing series on Employment and Lupus. One topic we dove into is disability and Lupus. Here is a brief snippet of the article and a link to the full piece. I hope it helps clear up any questions you may have about this important topic!
Lupus and Applying for Disability: What You Need to Know
Many individuals with a chronic autoimmune condition, such as lupus, may find that continuing to be part of the workforce in a gainful capacity is simply not physically possible anymore. This realization of one’s limitations can be difficult to deal with emotionally, causing feelings of inadequacy, loss of independence, concern over being able to continue to function in society as normally as possible, as well as stress over future financial stability.
Many Americans working with lupus or other debilitating conditions also depend on the healthcare coverage they receive through their employer. Those who have to stop working due to chronic illness may wonder how they will afford the proper medical care they need to manage their lupus disability.
In these situations, it is important to understand that people who suffer from lupus disability are eligible to collect benefits from the Social Security disability insurance program. This program exists to assist those who can no longer work as a result of their medical condition.