Part of me hopes that I won't find anyone with a similar story, and part of me hopes someone has been through this. This past year finally got me to the "officially disabled" realm, but left me with a grand total of $7004/yr. I have relied on my brother's and his wife's support for my medical care, except the one remaining doctor who takes medicare. For ten years, they have covered most of what I could not pay for. In the past two years, I have fought hard for an increase in health, while also dealing with being totally ostracized by my family (except for the financial interactions noted above). All of my family members have moved to "pursue exciting projects" (this was emailed to my PCP when she emailed them to ask/state that I needed a part-time care taker with no one within 1500 miles). I recently managed to get every health-care person I work with to advocate on my behalf for immediate help (the financial support I've received has made me unable to get SSI and DSHS assistance--as small as those are). I, again, signed releases for all treating practitioners, the last being a specialist in CFS advocating for immediate assistance for me and safe living quarters (severe MCS). To my dismay, I received a letter today stating that they (family) still feel my problem is fundamentally mental and stating that they are going to lower their support substantially, so that I will only be able to afford either supplements or acupuncture. Goodbye CFS doctor, compounded IM injections, many lab tests, and the much-needed part-time caretaker. I have tried counseling, mediation (none would enter, though brother recently said yes to mediation but only for personal discussions, no discussion of support), as well as having doctors write letters and speak to them on the phone. I am determined not to give up the small gains I've made and I know what has caused them and am now facing losing almost all of the health care that has allowed for them. My parents have money and have helped me with about $500 over 10+ years. My brother and his wife are millionaires--to my surprise. I have no extended family that I know of short of one uncle dying of Parkinson's. Is there any possibility of legal action? Can a case be made for having health-care needs met (I'm not talking about anything excessive here at all) as a disabled person by family members with the ability to help? I have suffered physical, emotional and psychological abuse from my parents mostly, and other family members on occasion. I have begged and borrowed and tolerated what I could so that I've had a place to live and doctors to help. Now, I have nothing much to lose and I find I just cannot take it anymore. If they were emotionally involved in my life at all or supportive then, well, things probably would not have gotten this bad, or I was willing to accept the necessary bullshit to keep fighting, but now I have neither. The government would be the next place to go, but I don't need to tell anyone the state of Medicare, SSI, etc. I'm sure. Can anyone relate or give advice?