Celia’s* son, Tim, was diagnosed with Stage Four Cancer. She was unable to work her two jobs, and she was threatened with eviction. She had applied for SSI on Tim’s behalf, but his claim was denied. During this turbulent time, Tim turned eighteen, and Celia needed authorization to continue making decisions about his medical care. Tim’s disease had progressed to the point where he was unable to make those decisions for himself. With the assistance of DLK, Celia avoided eviction from her home, the SSA reversed their initial decision on Tim’s claim, and Celia was awarded guardianship of her son. Resolving Celia’s legal issues during this emotional and difficult time significantly reduced Celia’s stress and allowed her to spend quality time with her son.
*names have been changed