I read an article recently that said the average length of time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis of autoimmune disease is 12 to 15 months. That may not seem like a long time to you, but to me, it is a lifetime. Twelve months of vague, yet debilitating symptoms. 1 year of multiple specialist appointments a week. Countless blood draws, MRIs, EMGs, neurological exams. ER visits. Out of town specialists. 20 different medications. 40 different side effects to those medications. In 8 days, I will reach that…

Recieving disability payments is more difficult than one might think. To catch you up, I recieved Short Term Disability payments through my employer over the summer. After an initial denial of my claim, I appealed the decision and eventually was approved based on a suspected diagnosis (and the pulling of strings of top executives in the company). With Long Term Disability, I have not been so lucky. My initial claim was denied because they did not see sufficient evidence in my medical record to prove that I am,…