@tutti, hope you are doing ok like most of us just hanging out in the background of this sight and soaking up the information when we can. I have been on disability and medicare for 14 years. I had a back injury while doing private duty nursing trying to help a patient get out of bed. I had a failed back surgery after trying everything else. I tried different nursing jobs but could not continue working and taking medication. I was denied disability the first time and appealed on my own and was approved the second time around. I have heard they almost always say no the first try so keep appealing until you are get your benefits. MedIcare is a benefit that come along with my disability so if you are not getting it you should contact your social security office. They deduct the premiums from my checks. It's a secondary insurance to my husbands for me. I have treatment resistant deppression, anxiety and had a hard time concentrating and finding my words sometimes. I sought many opinions from many specialist and was taking mother with me to many of my appointments. A neurologist notice symptoms of Huntingtons chorea in my mother at my visit. We both were tested and have the defective gene and will develop debilitating symptoms as our brain cells die. Recently I had a knee and foot injury just doing chores at home i started loosing my balance and tripping over my own feet. My physical therapist is helping me and my walker is a necessity now. I love everyone in this community . Im trying to keep up to date on this sight but its very hard and sometimes i have to force myself to delete messages. I saved some messages for reviewing at a later date. I hope everyone's memorial day was a good one. If you cannot work you should get disability and Medicare through the social security office that you have already paid for. Take care and stay strong!