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  1. AnneB says:

    This judge did not seem very interested in my hearing when we sat down for the video conference. The only questions he asked were about my husband (which had nothing to do with MY SSD) I waited for his decision and when I received it in the mail, I have NEVER in my life felt so patronized, belittled, demeaned and bullied by his biased decision. He contradicted several of his statements throughout his “decision”. His “medical” decision was totally mis-informed (or for what it seemed self diagnosis with not medical experience).

    I have never experienced a more **** person that can be so biased on his pompous statue. I truly hope he does not experience the pain I have been/am going through. But you know what they say about Karma!

  2. Eulalio Torres says:

    I don’t know yet if denied or approved. What I do know is has a nice man. Loves Tom Clancy as do I. Even if denied he was nice and fair to me.

  3. PA Waldmannstetter says:

    This judge denied my case that he heard via videoconference in the summer of 2016. I have narcolepsy with cataplexy, which I acquired through a flu shot I got in 2010 while pregnant with my daughter. My body reacted adversely to it as was the case with many people that year and the previous year (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/07/why-pandemic-flu-shot-caused-narcolepsy). Most people are familiar or at least aware of narcolepsy. However, 70 percent of those with it ALSO have a sub-disorder (and in my opinion the worse of the two) called cataplexy. I’m one of the lucky 70 percent.

    Cataplexy is a sudden and transient loss of muscle tone, which begins upon or shortly after excessive daytime sleepiness starts. Key words: SUDDEN AND TRANSIENT. I cannot guess when the attacks will occur, and medicines can only control the severity, not eradicate the attacks. The muscles lose complete tone and oftentimes I hit the floor for up to 5 minutes. Not so good when one is carrying a child or trying to cross a street with traffic.

    Although I am currently driving, my local DPS said they want a letter from my doctor saying it is ok to drive. I have not received that form yet but I am now looking at the very real possibility of my license being taken away from me. I cannot work full time, even close, NOW, and with no car? And yet he said I am not disabled even though my local DPS says I am.

    This is a core issue…I am an intelligent middle-aged woman. I can speak well when I am not in a cataplectic episode. In the PAST, I held some very good jobs. THIS WAS BEFORE I ACQUIRED NARCOLEPSY WITH CATAPLEXY. Now I struggle to get my daughter dressed, fed and ready for school. I hit the bed after I get her to school, and my functionality goes in spurts. A GREAT day is when I can do this and go to the grocery store AND be able to play with her for half an hour. This is not a life and so I get to struggle with depression on top of it all. Depression that in and of itself is affecting my will and ability, not to mention my relationships.

    You have NO idea.

    Mr. Bernard J. McCay, I invite you to add this book to your library: “Rolling a Path: My Own Narcolepsy, Skateboarding, Cataplexy and Lifestyle,” by Solomon A. Briggs. I would be happy to send you a copy, gratis. You have no idea what we are going through and this book may provide some insight.

    I am crushed, angered, bewildered and SCARED for those who are in my shoes who are going through this process. Please sign all the petitions you can to have NARCOLEPSY and CATAPLEXY considered disabling in the SSA Blue Book. Our lives and livelihood have no real quality in our OWN minds, and no importance in many SSA judges minds. Mr. McCay….I realize you see frivolous cases on a daily basis. But for those that are not, you are dramatically affecting many lives.

    Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Judge McKay is rude. He took one look at my husband and already knew he was going to deny his case. Him asking questions is just for show. His job as a judge is just to deny cases. He probably gets a bonus at the end of the year for every case he denies. My husband is 100% permanent and Total disabled from the VA, medically retired from the military and that judge thought nothing was wrong with him. My husband has too much stuff in his medical file not to be granted but yet this judge found something petty to deny his case. This judge is a joke and good luck to the next victim.

  5. William F. "Rick" Breare III says:

    I received a very fair and thorough hearing from Judge Mckay regarding my SSDI case. I sincerely appreciate his attention to detail in my case, and am thankful for his personal recommendation to find a copy of the book, “Listening to Prozac”. Judge Mckay is very professional and very sincere.

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