I’m not the person I used to be.
Social Security disability applicants sometimes tell me this when I meet with them to discuss their claims. At the hearing, I will ask them to explain to the judge why they are a different person today than when they were able to work. It is usually compelling testimony.
Simply losing the ability to work on an ongoing basis is a life-changing event. It leaves many people isolated, depressed, and anxious. It is a very difficult road to travel, and it can change who you are as a person.
Additionally, many clients are dealing with loss of functionality that affects their daily activities. They cannot do what they used to do. They may be dealing with chronic pain every day. It can change you.
Always tell the judge how your life has changed.