The Standard Insurance called yesterday and told me they've approved my long-term disability claim for CFS. The first check, with backpay back to fall of '05, will be in the mail next week. This has been a stressful two-year battle, but we didn't have to take them to court. In my claim, I had three letters of testimony from doctors, as well as letters from colleagues, family, and friends testifying to my disability. I also saw an independent medical examiner a month ago. I imagine his report carried the most weight. I am hoping and praying that with each victory, it will be easier for others who are disabled with CFS or Fibro to earn benefits from private insurance companies in the future.