some background information: My mother (49) had esophageal cancer and had 50% of her esophagus and part of her stomach removed. She has received social security since then (10+ years ago). She still has severe pain from the surgery, doesn't sleep for long due to discomfort, she struggles in any position (sitting, standing or laying) due to pain. Also due the removal of esophagus and part of stomach, she struggles to keep food down and will choke easily. Due to lack of sleep she struggles to remember things and sometimes can't say what she means.
She was just up for review for her social security and they denied saying "the medical evidence shows your health improved in June 2012" - this was on a letter dated June 1,2012. It also says that "medical information shows your cancer has not returned." They did not review any information from her PCP who primarily works with her medical needs.
My question is - now what? Obviously she has to appeal within 10 days so she can keep her benefits. But, the lady she spoke to said she will only receive 2 more months of checks and the appeal process will take 4 months. Also the lady, so kindly (sarcasm), stated: "get a job." They also explained that if she is denied again she will have to repay those 2 months.
We have never had to appeal before and have no idea if this is how the process works or what to do. She only receives about $650 a month and obviously cannot go without that. What are your recommendations?