Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

lady hurtingHere We Go Again…

My husband and I sat in the doctor’s office for his monthly pain management appointment. For several years his pain had been controlled at a livable level with pain medications, but as a result of the DEA’s war on pain management doctors we had lost our doctor. Now we sat in the office of a physician who had agreed to take my husband on as a patient and had been treating him for the past year. However, this doctor was afraid of also having his life and career destroyed by the government so he had been consistently decreasing the pain meds for the last twelve months. I had watched my husband go from having a partial life to nearly bedridden again.

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rattlesnakeForgive or Snake?

Every one of us knows of someone who is constantly upset, angered and harbors resentment. Few of us, want to be around such people for extended periods of time. Having a disability and dealing with bitterness and forgiveness can go hand in hand. If you have a disability, especially one that involves chronic pain, it can be easy to have an unforgiving attitude toward those or what you may perceive to have caused your medical condition whether they be actual people or just fate. However, medical studies are showing that an unforgiving attitude leading to bitterness can make healing take longer or, even worse, can cause additional medical conditions.

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baby-250Cord Blood Donation

Buzz within the medical and scientific community at the beginning of this century was about the miraculous healing nature of cord blood. Scientists had determined that they could take stem cells from the blood and use them as foundations for healing a list of ailments. Researchers felt that they were on the edge of great discoveries. Yet the thought of storing the blood for future emergencies was still so new that, in 2001, my son’s birth doctor wrinkled up his nose and said he could not think of any reason to save the precious fluid.

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SSA LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for May 2016

Statistics provided by the Social Security Administration follow a couple months behind. Here is the latest information.

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-
    14,177,000 (includes children receiving SSI).
    The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,166.

Number of people receiving SSI only age 18 to 64-
       4,9036,000 with an average monthly pay of $560.  

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Colonial LadyHeroines Making a Difference

The American Revolutionary War was a time of national upheaval and unrest. Numerous men rose to heroic status and we can name many of their names off the top of our heads. Men such as John Henry, John Hancock, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and a dozen more are highlighted in our history books. But if we are asked to name some heroines we would start running into trouble. Betsy Ross, credited with designing the American flag, is probably one of the most remembered women. Beyond her, most of us can’t name another woman who was instrumental in shaping our country. Perhaps during this week of our country’s 240th birthday we could take a minute to learn about some of the unsung heroines of the war that birthed our country.

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