Arizona Cancer Patient Takes to YouTube to Get Answers and Help

Gayle Debilbiss is a 54 year old cancer patient from Arizona who was recently denied Social Security Disability. Fifty-four may seem a little out of the social media loop demographic, but the savvy Ms. Debilbiss, with the help of a friend, spoke about her situation and posted it on YouTube for the world and the President to see.

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Hearing the words, “You have cancer” was the first nightmare. “It’s unbelievable to hear those words directed at you,” Debilbiss said.She was sick long before that though. The cancer had been misdiagnosed several years ago.

She wasn’t able to work any longer so she applied for Social Security Disability and was denied. Then appealed it after the cancer diagnosis and was denied again.

“You take chemotherapy and it makes you sick and they think you can just bounce back and go back to work,” Debilbiss said.

She says she’s been in remission for the last two months but she’s still in pain, constantly feels fatigued and most days she has to be on oxygen. They’re conditions she says would make it nearly impossible to hold down a job.

She says trying to prove that to the government has been the other nightmare.