I've talked to you before......and I hope you do go ahead and file for it. You, who have cared for so many people, need to have a break, and be able to stop working and take care of yourself.
I got it the first try, but it was on Fibromyalgia. It was 8 years ago,. and I didn't have AN then. I pray you do get it......and get a lawyer who specializes in social security claims. They get all the paperwork done...and if you are disqualified, then they are ready to take over right away. I didn't have to pay my lawyer anything, b/c I got it right away. They only charge if you need them.......and you do, if you don't get it. They know how to handle this, and then it's only a portion of your back pay.
I don't feel guilty. I was supposed to have my claim checked on...and 7 years is the longest time you can go without it. I haven't heard from them........just getting my monthly checks......and now that I had the AN surgery and am SSD, I figure that is in my favor now.
Please try,.......I know it's alot of paperwork, but I did one page a day, and got thru it. My hubby had to fill out part of the form.....like what has he seen different in me, and what can't I do now that I could along time ago. He did a great job doing his part......and when I took the form in, the woman who took it from me, kinda assured me that fibromyalgia has been accepted before.
It is good to keep a calendar of things that occur......just so you have the info.
God bless you, and please don't feel guilty. You certainly deserve it..........alot more than other people who are trying to get thru the system, and didn't work as hard as you do.