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Sandra S. Manchester, New Hampshire

Why SSDI is important to me

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My name is Sandra Salinas; I live in Manchester, New Hampshire with my husband, two daughters, and a grandson. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia that affects my muscles. Before my diagnosis, I worked at Walgreens as a photo specialist; I was having trouble picking up the heavy equipment to develop photos or clean the equipment. I was also having a difficult time bending over. At times, I couldn’t even pick up a gallon of milk.

It’s because of my health condition that I am unable to work the way I did. As a result, I was put on Social Security Disability Insurance back in December of 2009.

It has been tough going from two paychecks in the household to one and half of your own paychecks a month. I am getting a check that is less than $700 a month. If my Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is taken away from me, my family will hurt badly financially. We can barely get by now with what my husband and I make.

I have tried to go back to work twice, but with my health, it was difficult to keep the jobs because I can’t sit or stand for a long period of time. Within the last couple of years, my health has not improved.

If the government were to cut 20% of my SSDI, I would have even more difficulty paying my bills and putting food on the table for me and my family. Right now I can barely afford to pay for day-to-day expenses, including the medications my husband needs. I know people say that there are people on disability that don’t really need to be on SSDI, but if you step in my shoes for a day, you will come to find out how SSDI is helping me and my family.