#ChronicIllness Stopped me Working , #Disability #Welfare Affected my Poor #MentalHealth in a Very Negative Way. Increased #Medication to aid me caused Weight issues, my increased weight caused #SleepApnoea. This negatively affected my #Physical and #Mental Health and forced more … Continue reading Chronic Illness stopped me working
My initial diagnosis in 2010 of melanoma was terminal, I applied for DLA and my Doctor supplied the medical form stating terminal. I still received low rate benefit, I asked for an appeal and had the assessment in the middle of … Continue reading My initial diagnosis in 2010 of melanoma was terminal
I sit here on Death Row. The last weekend of Summer – a Bank Holiday weekend. I will spend all the sunny hours, … into the dusk,..then to night hours, often till dawn, writing my appeals. I won’t be out … Continue reading My crime is that I am the mother of two vulnerable disabled young adult sons
I am having to tell my entire life story of being raped as a child, being put into a house of hell, Chadswell Assessment Centre, which was pretty much the same as Fred Wests house except in Rocester Staffordshire, over and over … Continue reading It took days to recover from the trauma. I couldn’t stop crying
PMDD, Major Depression, Social Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, M.E, and PTSD. One of those is bad enough. The impact on daily life is immense, with rest being organised round short activities, and being constantly dosed up on codeine, as many with Fibromyalgia … Continue reading It’s isolating, it’s painful, it’s a struggle.
Another ‘voice’ comes from the blog written by Barely Surviving. The blog’s aim is ‘to let people know just how hard life on benefits is’ ‘My blog tells the truth about the brutal reality that is life on universal credit (and … Continue reading I didn’t ask for my illnesses, no one does
I have suffered from depression and anxiety disorders for over 30 years. I rarely leave the house, it frightens me to do so. I do not like to be around other people. I put this information on the form for … Continue reading I have suffered from depression and anxiety disorders for over 30 years
In 2017 I undertook some social research in a small town in Buckinghamshire to research was commissioned by the local authority. There were two pieces the first was published however, they did not publish the second piece or really seem … Continue reading I undertook some social research in a small town
I am autistic and also have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, as well as OCD with depressive tendencies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have also been receiving treatment within the last six months for PTSD. The cumulative effect of these conditions on my life is extremely inhibiting and debilitating. Despite trying to work, I have lost two jobs in the last ten years due to disability-related poor health.
The Government creation, hand-in-hand with the right wing media, of a hostile environment for disabled people makes my life far, far harder and more stressful than it need be. For example, I spent most of 2017 with my support worker (who I know I’m lucky to have helping me) fighting the DWP and their health assessors to get a decision as to the level of ESA they intended to give me. I have now been put in the support group but I live in fear that at any time this entitlement could be taken from me.
I’m a health professional in a specialist community team. I have seen the social issues that are impacting on service users increasing dramatically year on year. Whilst our team is composed of highly skilled therapist’s we find all our resources … Continue reading I’m a health professional in a specialist community team