I was out of town visiting family for Thanksgiving and came home to find an approval letter stating I was approved for ssdi. I was shocked, even though I was expecting it as the judge at the hearing was actually leading the vocational expert to admit there was no job that I'd be able to do. Does anyone have an idea how long after receiving the approval letter does it take to receive the lump sum payment? Mine goes back to 4/03 so it should be a pretty good amount. I'll either have a very bad Christmas for my kids and grandkids, or a very good one. At any rate, we'll all be (somewhat) healthy and together. I'd actually given up and didn't even appear at my scheduled hearing, but my attorney requested that it be rescheduled so then I decided to go ahead and go and now 6 months later, I'm approved. As everyone else always says on here....don't give up.