How I Got Approved for Disability for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

tapestry-33-robin-mead.jpgMeet the Flower Girls. Twenty one super smart people who did super smart things to win their disability cases. 

If the Flower Girls can do it, you can too!

Buttercup Makes the Best Application Ever Seen

🌺 My mom was right: you have to do everything yourself. 

Marigold Gets Approved in Six Months (without a lawyer!)

🌺  Seven steps Marigold took to win her claim

Jasmine Gets Approved in Six Months (without a lawyer!)

🌺 We put ten things in one envelope. Six months later, I got approved

Cherry Blossom Finds Secret Medical Records

🌺 I thought I had seen all my medical records. I was wrong. 

Peony Wins Her Case Despite “Normal” Test Results

🌺 You don’t have to prove you are sick. You have to prove you can’t work. It seems like a small shift in perspective, but it is significant

Daisy Wins Her Case with a Doctor’s Letter

🌺 Two weeks before my hearing, I met my attorney and he told me that I needed a doctor’s letter to make my case stronger. (He was right!).

Violet Wins Her Case with a Function Form

🌺  When I got to court, the lawyer said I had the best documentation she had seen all month.

Poppy Wins Her Reconsideration in 5 Easy Steps

🌺 Only 7% of Requests for Reconsideration are approved. Here’s how Poppy did it.

Poppy Applies for Disability While in School

🌺 Poppy was in grad school while applying. Here’s how things went.

Belladonna Turns Water into Wine

🌺 My doctor said she would not fill out disability paperwork. I was so upset.

Jasmine Wins Her Case Despite “Normal” Test Results

🌺 Like many people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, nearly all of my tests and blood work came back normal, and I could not afford any fancy testing

Dahlia Finds a Surprise in Her Medical Records

🌺 Why were my friend’s records so different than mine? I guess I will never know the answer, but I have a theory.

Lavender Solves the Problem of the CPET

🌺 The CPET is a great test to help your disability case. But there’s a problem!

Zinnia Uses the Social Security Ruling for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

🌺 Zinnia’s doctor had never heard of the Social Security Ruling for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Hibiscus Applies for Disability While in School

🌺 I was able to live off the student loans until my disability was approved

Roselyn Gets Approved by Using the Magic Words

🌺 Roselyn’s story is about a different topic and doesn’t really belong on this list. But her story is so good and so helpful, you should read it anyway.

Rosemary Makes a Medical Outline

🌺 Everyone told Rosemary there was no way she would ever get approved.


Employer Disability 

LTD is disability offered through your employer. It is different than Social Security.

Peony Appeals (and wins!) Her LTD Case

🌺 Peony won her claim for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dahlia Appeals (and win!) Her LTD Case

🌺 Dahlia won her claim for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Iris Gets Tested 🌺

Iris got five different tests while applying. It worked.


Why do you keep saying that?

🌺 We know many people hate the term “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” But that is what Social Security calls it, so that is what we are calling it here. Sorry about that.


Learn More

🌺 How to Apply for Disability for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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