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Does Disability Have a Face

Does the word ‘disability’ conjure up an image in your mind?

For me, it’s the image of John.

John is a beneficiary I met while touring one of our field offices several years ago. His story is familiar — a man working hard to support his family — until he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to work until his condition no longer allowed him to. After open heart surgery, John was unable to go back to work. He told me that washing his hair or going up a flight of stairs left him out of breath and with a heart that threatened to pound out of his chest. To keep his heart rate normal, he took several medications twice a day — medications he couldn’t afford if he didn’t qualify for Social Security disability.

Continue reading: http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/2015/05/18/does-disability-have-a-face/#more-275

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