A renegade disability guide for Spoonies.
This guide is designed for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme, and other related conditions. However, most everything 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.
Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. From what I have seen, the people who learn and question and wonder and persist are the people who get approved.
Before you begin, I would like to share one little inside tip: People do not get approved for disability based on how sick they are. They get approved based on how well their illness is documented and how strong their Social Security file is. This is terribly unfair. And yet terribly true. Luckily, you can make your Social Security file really great and give them everything they need to make the right decision. Please read on.
Forms & Questions
Improving Your Application
Waiting for a Decision
Frequently Asked Questions
Sleepy Girl Tips for an Easier Life
Just in case you did not already have enough to read, here’s a few things you can look through to make your life a little less confusing and a little happier or easier while you are applying.