I have a question for everyone who has gone through the disability process. I have had severe CFS for almost a year now. I am making progress, but I only recently started being able to stand up and walk a little bit. I have major trouble with my arms and can barely lift them to shoulder level. Before becoming sick, I was employed full-time and through my employer I had private disability insurance, which I have been on since becoming ill in December 2013. At the six month mark of being disabled they require that you begin to apply for social security disability, because after one year, you will have to move on to that, and then the private disability gets reduced quite a bit, while social security pays for a bit of it. Anyway, I have been going through the application process and just received a denial letter. It stated that I am not ill enough to not be working, which is obviously not the case, and in my doctor's notes they all say that I am very unable to work. I have 60 days to to make an appeal. My question is, should I appeal on my own or get an attorney? An attorney will be quite expensive, as they take out a portion of your check each month and disability already does not pay well. The minimum is $6,000. I believe I can write a good case on my own, but perhaps if they see I got an attorney involved they will take my case more seriously. I have heard that almost all of the time the first application is denied by social security, so it's not uncommon to receive a denial letter. If I get denied a second time by social security, I'm not sure if my private disability will take that as a sign that they should cut me off completely. I really can't work, I would if I could. I can barely get out of bed because of the neurological problems I have due to CFS. Thanks for all your help!