Make sure you know what social security benefits you may be entitled to. Some forms are complex and M.E. doesn’t fit easily into the boxes. Work out what to say about your illness and somehow fit it into the form. Keep photocopies of forms and other documents. Make a note of when your sick note runs out; you will need to see your doctor then and the DSS doesn’t send out reminders until the date has almost arrived.

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