Is there anyone out there that has applied and/or been granted disability at a young age?, for any or all of these conditions:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Epstein Barr Virus
I have all three of the above conditions, I just turned 22. Just like anyone else struggling, the last thing I want to do is apply for disability. In my mind people will just look down on me, think I’ve given up, think I’m faking it (which basically 99% of my family believes, and any friends I used to have believed), and think I am just lazy and don’t want to work.
I’ve thought for months and months now about disability. The only reason I desire to be granted disability is so I won’t be a burden financially to my mother. She also suffers from Fibromyalgia and hyperthyroidism, and has been for 20+ years; she was granted disability about 2 years ago.
Before I got to the point where I could no longer work at all, I was on top of the world; seems like it’s been 10 years since then. Ever since I was 14, I worked. By the time I was 17, senior in HS, I was a store manager of a retail chain at the mall working 60 hrs a week plus going to school everyday. I went on to run over 7 stores and became an Area Sales Manager for my district, I loved it and I’ve always loved working. If I could I would work all the time, and then I got sick and my whole life went down the drain.
I try to be optimistic, I plan on one day overcoming this and creating a life again. In the mean time tho, I’m sick 24 hours a day, everyday, I can’t remember the last time I felt good…had a good day, wasn’t in pain, woke up feeling rested. No medications give me any relief.
I have no income coming in, haven’t for awhile, I have so many bills…
Credit Card debt
It goes on and on, when I was working I made way more than enough to live comfortably. Since I was 16 I’ve paid all my bills, bought my own stuff, my own car…so my parents wouldn’t have too like they did for my older siblings, including their college.
Well now I’m stuck with all this, and my mom has helped me but she can’t afford too. My dad left us a few years ago haven’t seen him since.
Okay sorry back to the point,
Does anyone have experience being granted disability at a young age for any of the conditions I have? Anyone been denied? What was the experience like?
From the research I’ve done, it seems like I have little chance of being approved.
Anyone out there, I’d love to hear any advice and feedback. I appreciate the time thank you.
I live in Illinois fyi