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What It Means to Fight for a Label You Don't Even Want

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I’m a young adult, I look healthy, but I am disabled. I no longer wish to be ashamed of myself for that. My wish is for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to acknowledge that I am, in fact, disabled.

I became disabled my junior year of college, shortly after being diagnosed with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis in 2008.

By 2010, I applied for disability twice by 2010 and was denied both times. I reapplied in 2016, several years after the onset of my chronic pain, and was denied a monthly benefit.

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