Hi, I posted a longer post earlier but it is now gone??? I am appealing my onset date for my social security that I was granted last year. i have heard that this can be a bad idea because the judge can take your benefits away all together. But I need to do this becuase my insurance is ending soon and I need to get medicare sooner and by moving up my onset date, I will get medicare (if I win), 6 months earlier. Please respond if you have ever experience an appeal for an earlier onset date or have any advice. I would really appreciate it. I am thinking about withdrawing my appeal but than I will have no insurance for a long long time and I am very sick and I need insurance more than I need clothes.....Please anyone who has gone thru this. I have lawyes saying to withdraw that you are lucky that you got it at all and I ahve lawyers saying you will be fine. You have the doctor and medical evidence to back you . I am so confused and stressed and have so much at stake.