A page full of Lymies who won their cases!
While reading through this page, it will help a whole lot to keep in mind:
Every person on this page was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Every person on this page was approved for Social Security disability.
No one on this page was approved for Lyme.
People were approved for Lyme plus a combination of other conditions and impairments caused by the Lyme.
Or people were approved for just the impairments caused by Lyme. Lyme Disease may have been listed on their initial application, but it was not included on the list in their approval letter.
🌺 This letter was instrumental in winning my case. I was approved in ten months!
🌺 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!).
🌺 When I got to court, the lawyer said I had the best documentation she had seen all month.
🌺 Don’t assume that our doctors are knowledgeable about Social Security and know what to do. We need to be our own advocates.
🌺 We put ten things in one envelope. Six months later, I got approved
🌺 Only 7% of Requests for Reconsideration are approved. Here’s how Poppy did it.
🌺 Poppy was in grad school while applying. Here’s how things went.
🌺 My doctor said she would not fill out disability paperwork. I was so upset.
🌺 I thought I had seen all my medical records. I was wrong.
🌺 My mom was right: you have to do everything yourself.
🌺 Sample doctor’s letter and instructions.
🌺 Why were my friend’s records so different than mine? I guess I will never know the answer, but I have a theory.
🌺 I didn’t know my doctor’s were observing me and writing everything down.
🌺 This story is not actually about applying for disability with Lyme disease. But it’s such a good, helpful story, we are including it here anyway.
🌺 A list like this can be very helpful when talking to your doctor, filling out disability forms, or answering questions at a disability hearing.
Patty was not approved. But she is sharing her story so it can help you get approved.
🌺 I had my lawyer for 15 months. He never once mentioned that anything was wrong.