Welcome to the Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability – a renegade disability guide for Spoonies.
This guide is designed for people with ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme, and 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.
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.
A lot people get discouraged when they apply for disability, because they feel it is random, or because they know someone who was very ill and did not get approved.
Here’s what we can tell you and here’s the most important thing you need to know: 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. That is really unfair, but it is also the way the world works.
Luckily, you can make your Social Security file really great and give them everything they need to make the right decision. Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. Please read on.
Before You Apply
After You First Apply
Appeals and Hearings
After Your Hearing
How to Greatly Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Application
How to Kill Your Application
At the Doctors
Things to Give Your Doc
Learn from The Pros
You Did It!