Social Security Disability Benefits: Part of the Solution

Common Obstacles to Living the Good Life With SSDI

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve
Looking ahead to the future, you’ve emerged victorious in your battle for Social Security disability benefits—so why do you still feel anxious? Turns out, the difficulties don’t end upon claim approval. Thankfully, your newly-acquired perseverance will allow you to overcome more than you ever thought possible, including these obstacles:

Fear of a Worsening Condition

Your suffering has made you deeply thankful for the physical abilities you still possess, but also fearful of future deterioration. What happens when you can no longer walk? What if your degrading cognitive state leads to memory loss, depression or worse?

Overcome the above fears by leading the healthiest life possible right now. Eat a balanced diet, maintain an active lifestyle (ideally featuring primarily low-impact activities) and visit your doctor regularly. Continue to pursue as many interests and activities as you can in your present condition.

Don’t Ditch the Bucket List

You once maintained a long bucket list featuring bungee jumping or wilderness safaris. Your disability might make most of those aspirations seem impossible. Some may be, but others remain well within reach. Prosthetics, adaptive gear and group trips can help you chase adventure. Look to stories of disabled thrill seekers for inspiration. For example, paraplegic adventurer Riley Martin bungee jumped in his wheelchair to prove a point about leading a full life while disabled.


Typically associated with able-bodied teens, FOMO (fear of missing out) commonly strikes disabled individuals, who dread being left behind. Remind your friends that you are more than your disability. Take charge and plan outings that demonstrate your full abilities while still accommodating your limitations.

Maintaining a Growth Mindset

Remember Carol Dweck’s growth versus fixed mindset as you recover. Those with a fixed mindset (belief that intelligence, etc. are fixed traits) achieve far less than those who believe in the capacity for long-term growth

Life with a disability can be incredibly fulfilling, especially if you successfully secure SSDI benefits. Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP can help; get in touch today to learn more.


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