I just received notice today that I am approved for social security disability! I am SOOO relieved as I am single and live alone and didn't know what I was going to do if I didn't get it. I got it the first time I applied.
I have severe RA, severe recurring depression (hospitalized many times and ECT), fibro, and lots of osteo.
I stopped working last Sept (2011) and went on long term disability thru my school district.
What I had in my favor for getting disability is my age (51) and the fact I was already on disability, plus being a hot mess of medical and mental issues.
What I had going against me is my education (Master's degree) because I can get a sit-down job with that.
The OTHER great thing is SS is paying me back pay from when I went off of work, so I will receive a big chunk of money.
If you're thinking about applying, I'd get on it immediately because it takes a long time fill out forms and to get an answer. I applied May 1 and got notice today.
Ask if you have questions!