Hi Holly -
Welcome to the board. I am relatively new as well and have found the comapassion and support of the people here really amazing. I have also been denied twice as well, but I only had an official Dx of FMS, post-viral syndrome, and seizure disorder. Apparently this wasnt enough to label me "disabled". In all fairness, however, I was so sick the second time around that I didnt do ANYTHING they asked of me (forms, appts ,etc.) and let so much fall through the cracks. I'm going to attempt a 3rd time soon, but I will be getting an attorney first. I know if I have a bad flare during the process, that I will just let it go - like I do with everthing else when Im sick. What I have heard over and over (here and other places) is to be aggressive, do exactly what they ask and get an attorney. I know it is sooo tempting to give up, but know that there are many here praying for you, and sending warm thoughts your way. Hang in there!!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7