I wrote this letter to the President and I am also going to send it to my Senator. I don't know if it will do any good or not but maybe it will put a bug in their ear and if everyone would write the President and their own Senators maybe we could get something done for all the people who are trying to get SSDI to survive. Let me know what you all think. Dear Mister President, March 3,2003 I am a 48 year old woman who has been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, among other illnesses. I have been unable to work for the last 17 months due to the extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, nausea, migraines and the inability to retain information. I applied for Social Security Disability in October of 2002. I have already received my first denial and I am currently appealing this decision. This denial has forced me to acquire an attorney, who will now take a commission of the meagerly earnings that I will, hopefully, receive later on. In the meantime I am living back home with my elderly parents. All of this , because the Social Security Administration doesn't want to part with the measly 548.00 a month that I would get for disability. That brings up questions. How can a person live on 548.00 a month, by themselves? What will happen to me when my parents are gone? Will I join the ranks of the homeless? You see, I am being penalized because I was a housewife and Mother for 22 years. That was my job. I didn't pay into Social Security. However, after my divorce, I did enter into the job market. I had a career that I enjoyed and I made pretty good money. I remarried and everything was looking good and then BAM...I came down with these illnesses, I lost my job, my new husband didn't want a sick wife, so here I am back with my parents. I know that you are busy running the country and that you probably won't see this letter, but I had to write this not only for myself but also on the behalf of all the women in this country who are in the same boat as I am. Something needs to be done for the people who are sick and can't work. At least give us enough to be able to live on our own. Give us our dignity, give us our freedom. Sincerely, Eva E.