Chris, congratulations! You give us all hope that someday we will win!
I can SO relate to everything you've written. I didn't apply for SSDI until after over 2 yrs. I became "disabled" because I thought for sure a medication combination would 'cure' my disorder so that I could return to work.
Call it pride. Call it stupidity. Call it . . . it didn't work. So I filed in Feb. '08 and was denied within a few weeks. I should have filed in Oct. '05 when my brain pretty much exploded! Hey! Today is my three year anniversary of the Grand Mal seizure that changed my life forever. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Didn't even know it was lurking in the shadows and would forever change everything. I hired a lawyer and we're still in the appeals stage. I'm not going to give up. I lost an awesome job due to this, but luckily, my husband is the most understanding man in the world and puts up with the mood swings these meds. bring about. (wait 'til menopause, though! ha!)
Enough about me. I'm just so happy to read about someone getting what they deserve for once!
Now, relax and enjoy the rest of your life!