I applied for disability benefits August 10th,2001 and approved on August 9th,2002!!! Less than a year. I was denied first time like everybody but got it on my appeal. That's the way its suppose to be for people that really need it. It should be easy I know dealing with the pain, fatigue and depression, we do deserve it. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Dont give up. If you suffering everyday and struggle to function day to day you deserve it. I put it off for a long time because i felt others deserved it and were worse off than myself. And i'm very stubborn and i felt like i was giving in and letting the FMS win but i was wrong. People finally convinced me that i do need it and should receive help. So i filed and got it. (It really wasnt that easy, i had to fill out all those papers and junk but my husband represented me and handled it all so i let him deal with it and i just prayed daily. Dont give up. You deserve some help too. God Bless!!!!