How I Got Approved for Disability for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Robin Mead

Ten super smart chickadees who did super smart things to win their disability cases for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” We hope these stories will help give you hope and a few good ideas:

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.”

Zinnia Uses the Social Security Ruling for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

🌺 Social Security has a special ruling that can help people applying for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Buttercup Makes the Best Application Ever Seen

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

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.”

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.”

Poppy Wins Her Reconsideration in 5 Easy Steps

🌺 Reconsideration is a short appeal step that happens right after the first decision. If you are in reconsideration stage, please read Poppy’s story.

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.”

Doctors’ Letters, Medical Tests, and Reports

Employer Disability 

LTD is disability offered through your employer. It is different than Social Security. Three stories of people who were approved for LTD for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Learn More

How to Apply for Disability for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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