I had a Social Security disability hearing today for a claimant suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome secondary to viral meningitis and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
The hearing went well, but its aftermath was an emotional experience for me. I did not anticipate my response to attending a hearing on May 7th for a claimant with leukemia.
My younger brother Galen died from leukemia. Today, May 7th, is his birthday. The grief from that unfathomable loss has been my companion all day since the hearing.
Happy birthday, Galen. I miss you.