Welcome to the Sleepy Girl Guide, a self-advocacy guide to Social Security Disability.
This guide is designed for anyone who is homebound and for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, POTS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, or other invisible illnesses.
However, most pages in this guide would work for most everyone with any condition.
If you are too sick to continue working, applying for disability may be one of the most important things you can do to help yourself. It can bring you stability, medical treatment, and the ability to take care of yourself.
It can also be a great help to your loved ones who may be worried about you or may be trying to care for you without support.
Many of our readers have taken super smart steps that have helped them get approved, sometimes the very first time they applied. These brilliant and kind-hearted people have shared all their great stories and ideas below.
Many people feel discouraged because about applying for disability because they’ve heard bad stories about people who were very ill and got denied.
Here’s what we can tell you and here’s the most important thing you need to know: Most people do not get approved for disability based on how sick they are. They get approved based on how well their illness and limitations are documented, and how complete their Social Security file is. That is really unfair, but it is also really true.
Luckily, you can make your Social Security file really great and give them everything they need to make a fair decision. Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. Welcome.
Before You Apply
After You First Apply
Request for Reconsideration (Not in all states)
Appeals and Hearings
After Your Hearing
How to Greatly Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Application
How to Kill Your Application
Things to Bring Your Doc
Learn from The Pros
You Did It!
Improving Your Case
What Else Can I Apply For?