Disability denied because gardening a hobby?
How many like me have been denied for SSDI because we list gardening as a hobby and they assume we are lifting and turning soil and thereby not disabled?
That irritates me to think (know some it happened to) because we garden we aren't disabled!!!
I am in appeal process now. I found out they don't consider me disabled. Never mind there are multiple health issues which combined prevent holding a job or that "you can take medicine for that" means aggrivation of another condition! It is so hard to get them to see that some things are in themselves disabling to a small degree but much more affected when a different one is acting up. Then put all of them together and you have to resort to modifications in order to do the things you like. There is no way I can even do modificated garden styles and work. There is just nothing in the way of energy left after work (if enough for work) to garden or bird.
But those of us who garden WITH disabilities (weather recongnized or not) have to modify it to have strength to get through it. Sometimes only a few hours one day puts us in bed for a few days. It always took me three weeks to turn a 4' compost pile utilizing energy a few shovels or pitch forks at a time before changing activities to return the next day I can muster the energy.
How many out there understand this feeling?