anyone have a format to write to your congressman?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by 69mach1, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i've been looking and quiet franky my eyes are so red and tired and dry. i have t go lay donw right now.

    i have to write a narrative.

    i thought this has been brought before recently but i can't remeber who posted it.

    well if anyone know the post where i can find it it would be greatly appreciated. i will lay down now, cause i'm hurt and tired then i will wake up and plug away at the letter.

    thank you
  2. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    but maybe one of the moderators remember the post.
  3. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    but I can't find it. Sorry.
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    what are you writing to your congressman about? SSD? Supplements?

    I did a search here, up above, with the word "write" and by "title" and it came up with a lot of stuff, but don't know what exactly you're looking for... you might try the search?

    all the best,
    Victoria
  5. lilac123

    lilac123 New Member

    Hi Jodie,
    Here is a copy of the letter I wrote. I did recieve responses from him right away. But, they basically said it could take up to 17 months for my hearing. I am still going to fight. They said to let them know if anything changed, physically,emotionally, financially, etc. I am not going to let this go. I really need it now. The wolf is at the door. There are ways they can talk to the hearing judge and get your case approved. Just that they look at the homeless and critical people first and they are backlogged. Hope this helps and let me know if i can answer anymore questions. Feel better soonly!
    Lil

    Nate Hurn, Constituent Services Specialist
    Congressman Ray LaHood
    18th District, Illinois
    100 NE Monroe, Room 100
    Peoria, IL 61602 July 29, 2005


    Dear Mr. Hurn:

    Thank you for your prompt response to my letter concerning my Social Security Disability.

    I will try to give you a brief history and description of my situation.

    In January of 2003, I took classes to become certified through the state as a Nurse’s Assistant. I have always loved working and volunteering with the elderly and had found my niche in life. I was working for a Private Home Health Care Agency and my primary patient was a Gentleman with End-Stages Alzheimer Disease. I had been with the family for approximately a year working 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. I started noticing extreme pain in my lower back and tailbone. I would come home completely exhausted feeling like I had a bad flu virus or something. I made an appointment with a Chiropractor and received a couple of treatments. I thought this would help and I could continue as normal. After no relief from treatments, he ordered x-rays of my back. After he reviewed the x-rays, he said my back was a total mess due to Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease and he could not help me. At this time I started seeing my Family Doctor who suspected a soft tissue disease and Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Coccyndia on top of the other diagnosis mentioned above. I went through MRI’s, Blood tests and test after test. At this point my daily pain and exhaustion made it impossible for me to continue working. I had already become totally unreliable and had to miss days due to my pain and exhaustion. I continued going to the Doctor and was referred to a Rhuematologist who specializes in my Conditions. My Primary Physician had prescribed all different kinds of pain medications. I must have tried 6-8 different ones until we found something I could tolerate. The Rhuematologist started me on a Morphine treatment that is time released so I don’t have to take so much of the other narcotic pain medications. I continue to see him once a month.
    I have always been able to work, I am an educated 40 year old white female. I have always found much satisfaction in volunteer work and helping others. Since all of this started I find that I need the help now. I would have never imagined I would be in this position. As a very athletic, active person to becoming an invalid. The most basic activities of daily living are a major chore for me now and I live in constant pain even with the medications I take. My favorite things to do are no longer possible. This has all been a major adjustment for me and very depressing.
    I realize Social Security has to go through their processes because of fraud and less than honest people. But, I am not one of those people. My medical records show that this is all very real and true. Being the kind of person I am, if there was anything at all I could do to earn an income, I would be doing it. Unfortunately, I am not able. As I said before, the most basic things, (cooking a meal, bathing, taking care of household chores, etc.) can put me in bed.
    All of this has become very stressful for both me and my husband. He has had to take full responsibility of our income. Due to the cost of my medications and all of the medical bills, we barely get by and are very behind. I may be looking at bankruptcy if there was a way to not damage his credit. The dreams we had of buying the farmhouse we live in and renovating have been set aside. We are very honest, frugal people who are watching our dreams fade away due to my illnesses. I have to borrow from my 82 year old Grandmother to get my medications some months. This is just not right.
    I am just asking for help from somewhere that this process can be speeded up and found favorable for me. It has become an emergency situation for me financially. If there was anything I could do to earn my own way, I would already be doing it. It would be much less stressful than this whole process.

    Thanking You in advance for your help and consideration.

    Sincerely,
  6. luv2float

    luv2float New Member

    How do you get the name and address of your congressman?

    Search words??