Whatever you do, don't give up, you are offered an appeal, do it! Keep good records of doctor visits, hospital admissions, medications, etc and everything Social Security sends you. A lawyer is well worth their fee, but the only way they can help you is if you have good documentation of your illness. And don't be discouraged if you are turned down one or even two or three times. They make the process difficult so only those who really qualify can succeed. The process is difficult, but not impossible. And don't get discouraged if it takes longer than you think it should. Our gov't works a little slow, but it does work.