Hi Holly. I am on Social Security Disability. After my bleed, rehab, etc. I did actually attempt to go back to work. I quickly realized that it was far more difficult than i ever thought it would be. I applied for SSDI about a month after I left my job. I was denied twice. I hired a lawyer and appealed. Social Security sent me to a couple different doctors who checked me out both mentally and physically. It was really a joke, these doctors didn't know a thing about a brain injury. Physically I was a bit weak but not bad, besides the fact that I am now half blind. Mentally I was still a mess. Memory was terrible, anxiety issues, visual spatial problems...I was awaiting a hearing before a judge (the last chance for approval) when I got a phone call from my lawyer. It seems that there was such a back log of SSD cases that some cases were sent to special lawyers throughout the country who were given the authority to approve cases on the spot. Mine was one of those cases. I was approved by some lawyer I'd never even met on the opposite side of the country. At the time of my bleed I was the primary support for my family, my husband having lost his job in the building industry. Health insurance was also through my employment. Had I not been approved for SSDI, I'm pretty sure we'd have lost the house and be living who knows where? I was told that usually every claim in initially denied by SS. They want to make it as difficult as possible because they don't want to pay you your own money! They expect a lot of people to give up and not even appeal. Hiring a lawyer who specializes in SSDI cases is free. They only get money if you win your benefits. There is also a cap on how much they can get, I think it is maybe $5K? (I honestly don't remember). If you are awarded benefits, it is backdated to the date of your injury, which for me was easy to figure, it was the date of my bleed. The lawyers fee is deducted from that and then you get a lump sum check. Then you start receiving monthly benefits. I had to go back to SS and apply for money for my children (you qualify if you're on SSDI and you have children) That took a few months also, but that is also backdated, so no big deal. Now, supposedly at some point SS will notify me that it's time to reassess my disability to see if I still qualify. I don't know when that will be but since nothing has improved in my condition I don't worry about it. So, to make a long story even longer...It's a huge pain in the bottom! Lots of bureaucratic red tape and waiting, and more waiting but worth it. I worked from the age of 15 until the day of my bleed. I paid into SS all of those years. I deserved to get the benefits, it's my money! Good luck and if I can answer any other quesitons, please let me know.