Social Security Administration: Reverse denial of SSDI Disability for Terry Tidwell to help save his life
  • Petitioned Administrative Law Judge Dan Dane

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SSA, Fort Worth ODAR Office
Administrative Law Judge Dan Dane
Social Security Office, Odessa TX
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Texas
Sen. John Cornyn
Texas
Gov. Rick Perry

Social Security Administration: Reverse denial of SSDI Disability for Terry Tidwell to help save his life

    1. Cris Pantoja
    2. Petition by

      Cris Pantoja

      Midland, TX

My 42 year old husband, Terry Tidwell, has been working for his entire life. That is, until he became very ill and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cirrhosis, a devastating disease that ultimately requires a liver transplant in order to survive. Terry is unable to work now because each day is a struggle with disabling pain and physical exhaustion. On his best days he can cook dinner and go to the store to pick up a few necessities. Many times even this leaves him completely drained of energy. His condition will never improve without a new liver, but he cannot even get on the liver transplant list right now because he does not have the money or medical insurance to pay for it. He will progressively get worse until his liver fails completely. Right now, he cannot even make a living for himself and for the past nearly two years he has been trying to attain SSDI Disability benefits. SSI is something he paid into in his many years of working. Now that he needs these benefits, he is being denied them due to a judge's decision based in part on the judge's false conclusion that Terry would "improve within six months." Cirrhosis is ultimately terminal when caught at this stage and it can only progress. It does not improve. The judge also based his decision on the false conclusion that Terry was able to lift certain amounts of weight or sit and stand for a number of hours This conclusion is untrue and was determined by a doctor who never saw Terry.  Only a new Cirrhosis-free liver will save my husband's life, but without SSI Disability he cannot receive Medicare, which would pay his medical bills and allow him a chance to be evaluated for a liver transplant. The judge's decision on this was in error, and we are asking him to reverse this decision. Terry has already filed an appeal and been denied a request for review.  Now we have to take the case to federal court.  This will take over a year, during which time Terry has no way of earning a living for himself or getting the extent of medical attention he requires to survive. What I ask now is that you sign this petition asking the judge to reverse his decision, or at least reexamine the evidence far sooner. Please consider this carefully and remember, this is not someone asking for a hand-out, but simply asking for what he earned through years of hard work. Thank you all very much for taking the time to read this and sign my petition.

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    1. We will keep fighting this!

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      We still don't know what will happen next with taking civil action but we WILL fight this! Here is one photo of Terry from September, fighting this disease: http://3b4efb995be6c5c64252-c03f075f8191fb4e60e74b907071aee8.r12.cf1.rackcdn.com/193116_1361833642.0216.jpg

    2. Social Security Appeals Committee refuses to review Terry's file

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      We received a letter today from the Social Security Office of Adjudications and Reviews saying that they would NOT review Terry's case and that as a result the administrative judge's decision stands. The last hope in this is to take civil action. We don't know where to begin but this case needs more attention!

    3. Still no change in SSI status, and on the way to the hospital

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      As of right now, Terry's appeal for SSI disability still has not been heard, and he still has no medical insurance of any kind. I am taking him to the emergency room because he needs blood work in order to get the medications he needs, and even with donations we can't afford everything he needs. This will be yet another hospital bill that simply cannot be paid unless he receives Medicaid or Medicare. He may also need paracentesis on this visit, a procedure for draining fluid from the abdominal cavity.

    4. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers please!

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      We are not sure how long we have to go until things change! We have hope and we are very grateful to all who have signed this petition or had Terry in their thoughts and/or prayers. I do have a donation page for Terry if anyone is interested. Thank you to everyone, whether you are able to make donations, write letters to Congress, or sign this petition. http://www.gofundme.com/1ag7qo

      Click here to support Terry's Liver Transplant Fund by Crisanta Pantoja

      This page is to help raise money for Terry's liver transplant and associated expenses (transportation to and from transplant center, lodging, living expenses until disability claim approved, etc). Any and all donations are appreciated!

    5. We heard from Senator Cornyn again!

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      Terry received another letter from Senator Cornyn letting us know he had made an inquiry. It included the Social Security Appeals Council response to his inquiry, stating that they were aware that Terry's case needed expeditious handling and would let him know within 60 to 90 days if his case had not changed. Thank you everyone who has supported us. We hope and pray that this makes a difference!

    6. Senator John Cornyn

      Cris Pantoja
      Petition Organizer

      Terry and I received a letter from Texas Senator John Cornyn stating that he would make an inquiry for Terry if we sent him more information, which we will be doing. If anyone else would like to write to Senator Cornyn, he can be contacted here: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
      You can mention our petition when you write to him if you'd like! Thank you all so much. Please keep sharing the petition with others.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      "Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power i can think of!"

      (Morgan Freeman)

      "The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled." - Hubert H. Humphrey

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    • Myniece Greenidge CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      because it could happen to any of us...everyone deserves a chance for a healthy life and to live and exist with happiness.

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    • Erin DiViccaro SPRING HILL, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      PLEASE have a heart and give this man the second chance that he and his family deserve!

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    • Christopher DiViccaro SEATTLE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      health and happiness should be afforded to all humans

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    • Tim Mericle KILLEEN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      1. My father died from Cirrhosis and I would not wish that on my worst enemy. 2. I am also fighting for my SSDI benefits since 2005 when the VA took my job because of SC disabilities. 3. I am going to be applying for a 3rd time with new medical issues that have come up in the last year, and hopefully this will be the last time I have to go through this BS. 4. Some people don't have the luxury of time to keep refilling while others who are less needy seem to get it!

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