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Regina Carlton

CANCER FREE. Those two words bring back a flood of emotions for me. I still remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and even what I was wearing when I got the call. I will NEVER forget the moment I found out my son was in remission and I will continue to pray he stays that way. But more people, many more, deserve to hear those words. So I will continue to fight until that happens.

In my work at Allsup, helping people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), I talk to people every day who are fighting to get the benefits they deserve.  When they feel like giving up, it’s my privilege to help them understand a sometimes overwhelming process, and give them the information they need for some peace of mind.

When you are living with a severe disability or chronic illness, and adjusting to a loss of income, peace of mind can be hard to come by. My personal experience has made me a stronger person. It also made me realize how important your support system is when you are dealing with a life-changing diagnosis.

Many of the people Allsup represents for SSDI claims are fortunate to have a strong support system of family, friends, even accommodating employers. However, some don’t. During the months or years-long wait for SSDI benefits, many endure financial hardships, lose their health insurance, and experience stress in their relationships. Unfortunately, because of the national disability hearing backlog, thousands die while waiting for their disability benefits.

Helping people avoid that wait, and obtain their SSDI benefits at the application level, is the mission that drives me and my team at Allsup.

I have worked with SSDI claimants and educated them about the SSDI application process for more than a decade. I’ve also been the one who has needed support and education as the mother of a child diagnosed with cancer.

The support and resources given to me and my family has made all the difference. I work to make that same positive difference in Allsup’s customers’ lives as well.