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  • The Byrd's were a family of four. Dan was 39 and his wife Jess 2 years younger was 37. They had two young children, Lily who was 6 and Jake who was 8.
  • Jess is a stay at home mom while Dan is an NP. Jess being a stay at home mom has allowed for her interest in crafts and DIY's. Lily and Jake are very athletic because Lily does cheer and Jake plays baseball.
  • One day Dan noticed a bump on his arm. The next morning he went to get it checked out and he found out that it was cancer. Luckily for Dan he will only be out for about a year since he caught it at an early stage. This means that the family would not make income for a while.
  • Dan and Jess were very stressed out and did not know what to do. The two decided to search government programs on the internet. Many choices like SSI and SNAP came across the screen but they decided to start with the SSDI to get a boost for the beginning of this process.
  • SSDI stands for Social Security Disability insurance. It's purpose it to provide insurance that insures the beneficiary's earned income against the risk that a disability creates a barrier for a worker to complete the core functions of their work. The SSDI can also help to pay rent, car payments, and daily expenses. Someone who qualifies for this program will receive up to $1,700 a month. In order to qualify your medical condition must prevent you from working and is expected to last 12 months or more, and your medical condition must meet the SSA's requirements.
  • The SSDI allowed for the Byrd's to still make income while Dan is recovering and allowed for the family to focus on treatments that will help Dan. Soon Dan will be able to get back up on his feet again to provide for his family and work. Meanwhile to succeed in the progress of self-sufficiency, Jess has decided to earn a part time job as a waitress so that she can provide more income for her family.
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