I don't know about short term disability, but i did just start the process with a lawyer 2 weeks ago for full disability, so i completely understand how awful it is to even think of yourself as disabled. It took me months of thinking about the pro's and con's and i finally decided that it would be completely selfish of me not to apply because I am unable to work because of the lupus and my husband is left providing for me and our 2 yr. old daughter all by himself. I live in Colorado and I know that Lupus is on the approved list of qualifying diseases for this state. The lawyer told me that the process can take up to twelve months but they back pay from the date that you first applied. So I wish you luck and if you need anyone to talk to I'd love to conversate with someone else who understands!
I'm 24 years old, married, with a 24 month old daughter. I just got diagnosed with Lupus about 9 months ago. I'm just looking to find friends that understand what I'm going though that won't get tired of hearing about my illness!