Social Security Disability

My 2nd ICER Submission for CGRP Review

May 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

To find out more about ICER (Institute for Clinical & Economic Review) watch this video or check out the Patient Input Guide. This is my submission to ICER about the importance their review of new CGRP inhibitor drugs will have on my life and our entire community. -Katie ICER OPEN COMMENT PERIOD ON CGRP INHIBITORS FOR MIGRAINE I had my first migraine attack with aura at age five. My vision was obstructed by a sparkling crescent moon shape. Within 20 minutes it had disappeared. Next it felt like someone was pounding a nail into my skull, over and over again. My parents held me in their arms for hours as I screamed in pain. I became dehydrated from crying, only making the searing pain in my head worse. The daylight streaming in from the window felt like more daggers. After six hours of torture, I vomited until my stomach was…

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How to “Describe Your Typical Day” When You Have a Disability

September 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

It’s always scary to get an envelope in the mail from the Social Security Disability office. Recently, one of those showed up in my mailbox. It was time to recertify my disability. It’s been three years since I was awarded benefits. The Social Security Administration has the following guidelines on when and how often someone would be asked to recertify their condition: If medical improvement is: “Expected,” your case will normally be reviewed within six to 18 months after your benefits start. “Possible,” your case will normally be reviewed no sooner than three years. “Not expected,” your case will normally be reviewed no sooner than seven years. I fit into the “Possible” category. I rely on these benefits and can’t afford to miss anything in this process. I spent countless hours gathering up all the information I had so there would be no doubt that my chronic migraine disease was…

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Understanding the Healthcare and Proposed Budget Plans

May 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

I’m frustrated with what’s happening on Capitol Hill. Proposed changes to healthcare and proposed budget cuts will affect millions, including you.

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Professional Patient: Skills Learned from Living with a Chronic Disease

April 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

My business card says “Professional Patient.” I get so many questions about this. What does that mean exactly? To me, I have acquired skills and knowledge that “healthy people” don’t have. Having chronic migraine and pain has exposed me to situations that many others never have to face. When your health turns suddenly, a lot comes at you quickly. Questions you never thought about before. What are my treatment options? What if I can’t work? Which insurance plan is the best for me now? Where can I find support? How do I fill out this mound of paperwork, go to doctors’ appointments, keep my job and run my household at the same time?

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.