It is SSD, not SSI that you are applying for...although they do consider for SSI at the same time. As PG said, most everyone gets turned down the first time and has to appeal...sometimes a number of times. It took me 2 years to get it, and it was based on bilateral artificial hips with a left revision and hep C. By the time I was approved, I had liver cancer. You need to gather all the medical records your mom has, all the tests, doctor notes, everything from when she was first diagnosed! Once you have all these, send them together with the forms for appeal. Their decision is based on hard facts in the medical records, not so much on what is told to them by the applicant or person applying for her. Hang in there--it's a long process, usually. Not fair, but that's how it is. If she gets turned down on appeal, get a lawyer. You won't have to pay him anything unless she wins her case, and then it is 25% of her back pay, paid automatically to him by SS.
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