Moving from New Jersey to Columbus, Ohio was a decision made after extensive research and planning. Never had I seen such green grass nor had I ever met so many lovely smiling people. Suddenly listening to country music while driving through fields of wheat became a glorious experience that made me feel alive again after ten years of going to doctors who spoke to me as though I were a hypochondriac. It had been my intention to bring my family over but this never did come to fruition. When I became severely ill I was terminated by my employer due to absenteeism during the probationary period. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly thereafter. Between paying for Cobra and my apartment I lost everything due to Long Term Disability being denied and having absolutely no income.
Some of my MS related health issues are: C.A.P.D. (Central Auditory Processing Disorder,) Trigeminal Neuralgia, Photophobia and Low Vision. I contacted the state agency for help to get back to work (or back to school and work.) I was advised that the health issues I had reported did not match the documentation from different doctors. Asking for large print with a note from my neuro-ophthalmologist seemed to be met with resistance as I was told that the specialist needed to provide detailed documentation regarding my condition. I can appreciate protocols needing to be followed but all of this in addition to calls repeatedly not being returned and being spoken to in a patronizing manner when I was always polite and respectful was disconcerting.
I put in a formal request for a full copy of my files from both divisions of the state agency with whom I had been trying to work and received the first copy on 04/24/2009. I physically collapsed when I saw that all of the notes from my visits to a L.C.S.W. (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) were in the file despite the fact that I NEVER signed a release for psychological notes.
I contacted the director of the counseling facility; she claimed that I had signed the release. Weeks later I found the “release” she had referenced, the box for psychological notes WAS NOT CHECKED. This situation would be upsetting for anyone but because I was the victim of rape it was especially heart-wrenching. The attack had occurred many years prior. I was 17 and had managed to fight off one boy but he then assisted the other boy by holding me down. During counseling I had explained that I was extremely thankful that it DID NOT happen two times but now with my MS how could I fight someone if God forbid it should ever be necessary? The counselor did not seem to be listening and I eventually stopped going to her because she was often a thousand miles away. I mention this because her notes, that happened to be on the very first page, contained information that was completely false. She wrote that I “was raped twice by men taking advantage in a social setting.” “Both situations were two men restraining her while they raped her. This was beyond human comprehension. I continued through all of the state agency files and saw numerous incorrect quotations there as well.
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