I just wanted to wish you luck with the process. Try not to get discouraged by it as for some it takes a while and others get it relatively quickly. My husband was approved the first time in around 5 months and we did all the paperwork ourselves. Some hire lawyers, some don't, just do not be afraid to appeal the decision and keep trying if you don't get approved the first time. Lawyers do seem to speed things up after you get rejected the first time, but be prepared to pay a good chunk of your backpay, 25 % I think is the norm. The best advice I can give is to talk to your doctor(s) and make sure they are aware of your filing and will back you on it and when you are filing out the forms be prepared to answer the same questions over and over and do not sugar coat anything. Best of luck!