There absolutely is hope! I was so discouraged thinking I’d need a lawyer. Then I’d have to pay, etc. They did not phone me at all, I just received their decision by mail. That’s not to say they don’t call, just I wasn’t contacted. In fact, I just remembered that I received a letter from CPPD saying that they had been in touch with my Dr. For more information and that my reconsideration request would be delayed by however long it took her to get them the info. I’d say that was about halfway through the process. The whole thing: application,denial, reconsideration, Dr. Info and approval took from mid February to late October.