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Nov 14, 2016 9:06 AM

Well having waited only 8 weeks from sending back my ESA50 form back for my 3 year review of being in the Support Group(This means I don't have to take part in any work related activity)I got my letter through the post last week confirming that I was again placed in the Support Group, I didn't have to have a face to face medical, I was put straight through, which I understand for many people can be extremely stressful waiting to hear back from the DWP.(Department For Work And Pensions) It means I don't have to think about ESA for at least 3 years(reviews for this are every 3 years,but sometimes they don't contact you depending on your circumstances) and I also had my PIP-Personal Independance Payment (Disability Benefit- Helps with extra costs that your Disability/Long-Term Condition causes) review earlier this year which has a 10 year maximum award, so don't need to worry about that now until 2026.
I get a Β£10 Christmas Bonus in the 1st week of December from ESA...I might treat myself πŸ˜‚β™ΏοΈπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ˜Š

Nov 14, 2016 12:17 PM

Sounds good. That is always nerve racking for me. My social security disability is reviewed every 3 years. They usually send me to a state doctor but this last time they sent me paper work for me to fill out. I had to put on there every doctor I had seen for the past year! The dates and what med they gave me and everything. Then I had to put down everything I did in a day. Now I have the disability for a mental illness I don't want to disclose. It was hard for me filling out that paperwork. It made me sick waiting to hear from them but I got approved. Whoop! Lol

Nov 14, 2016 1:35 PM

Jahmac you're fortunate that the DWP have taken that stress away from you. Yes they do cause stress for a lot of people and from what I've been told from the job centre they have reviewed a lot of cases and a lot of people have been moved off ESA so they have a backlog of people appealing. One person I know who can bearly walk because of 5 slipped discs and 4 perferated discs in their spin has had their ESA and mobility taken off her!

Myself after being on ESA for 2 years, sent me to a work interview and decided that because I can walk (they even measured the distance from the waiting room to the interview room!), I can sit, I can talk and move and pick things up even tho my left side has lost some strength due to the pain in my neck and shoulder and pins and needles constantly in my left finger tips. That with all that I am fit for some work!
I did score high for my social anxiety but my bad days weren't included or the excruciating pain I suffer with my Trigeminal Neuralgia and at the moment I'm not even having any good days.
I've done the mandatory reconsideration which they're not changing their decision and I'm now in the process of appealing.
I visit the citizens advice next week for them to help me put my appeal together.
Both my GP and CBT counsellor don't think me finding a job now will benefit me in fact they've said the pressure of finding a job then going back to work will actually put me under more pressure and make both my meal and physical health worse then I'd lose the job anyway!!!!
The DWP have only added to my stress but I was already in a flair when all this happened and now I have the added stress of having to work up the courage to go out to the citizens advice and try not to have a panic attack while walking from the car to the CAB office and then wait to be seen by an adviser again not trying to have a panic attack waiting with other people there waiting to be seen as well. I have to go on my own as I have no one to come with me.....I can't expect family and friends just to drop everything to come places with me because of my stupid and irrational anxiety πŸ˜•

Nov 14, 2016 5:54 PM

I guess being a high level quad makes things a little more obvious with how my paralysis affects me and not being able to write,wash,dress or transfer myself amongst other things. I'm sorry things are So pressured at the moment.

Nov 14, 2016 6:56 PM

Sezzy you are you. It's OK if you ask someone to go with you if that would help.

Nov 15, 2016 1:23 AM

Jahmac I'm sorry I didn't realise, if they could find a way they would make it as difficult as possible for everyone they would because the DWP are like that!

Nov 15, 2016 1:30 AM

AnimalLover2 I feel bad when I ask for help because it means people have to change their plans for me and they can't always do that plus I know some people think I'm making out I'm worse than what I really am because when they see me I try soo hard not to show them the full extent of how I am and to be honest until last week I was half fooling myself that I wasn't that bad. I hit my breaking point last week and even tho I've told certain people some still think it's all in my head and I should just push thro!!!

Nov 15, 2016 1:41 AM

Don't be sorry! We all have our things in life.....like I said, for me, it has been an easy process, but knowing many others,some of my friends who have struggled because their conditions are 'invisible' and what they are going through makes me feel a bit bad because it was a straight forward process in my case. I'm sorry that it is a constant challenge, people who don't know just don't think about what they are saying.if they had a 'Day In The Life' they would shut up. It shouldn't have to be that way though. 😞😊

Nov 15, 2016 3:53 AM

Jahmac don't feel bad that your process was easy....I'm sure if they could of got away with it they would have made it hard for you as well but like you side your condition is obvious and they can't dispute it.
An "invisible" condition is harder as it has no visible signs to see (apart from the obvious shakes that I get in my hands or if I'm really stressed and in a lot of pain I visibly shake head to toe!) so they want to make us jump thro hoops to prove it not caring about the fact that it causes soo much more stress that it actually makes us worse especially when they keep changing the rules.
I'm sure if they lived a day in our life they still wouldn't believe it because one day you can cope with its the days to months to years that is the struggle, the constant wearing down of our self worth.
Sorry rant over for now!!! XX

Nov 15, 2016 4:04 PM

Don't think that you're ranting.. that's what we're here for, so you can get things off your mind. 😊

Nov 16, 2016 7:45 PM

Jahmac, this is so good! I know it's a relief for you. πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Nov 17, 2016 4:12 AM

When you fill out these forms it's your worst day ever ,you must emphasise that you need night-time care that wear all the points are,please dont not pay any services as you can get help free, there are companies out there that charge you for filling out forms and going to tribunal so don't do it as you can get lots of help free I know I've worked in the industry,and good luck

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