Like a few other folk, I got my PIP confirmed this weekend and am glad of the extra financial help. I didn't really want to apply but my partner (and amazingly patient carer) persuaded me to do so.
We had the interview a couple weeks ago and it was the first time in ages that I'd been out and first time in much longer that my partner and I had been out together sans baby. It was painful but fun too, even driving round the north circular there and back! The beautiful sunshine helped as did spending some quality time together.
My interviewer was lovely, kind and understanding especially when I burst into tears twice at having to admit my limitations. It was hard work, opening up so frankly at times. I didn't care about the toilet questions so much but not being able to wash my hair very well seemed devastating.
I'm so practised at 'pretending' everything's okay and not so adept at admitting my imperfections and limitations. This has been a life-long habit and perhaps has some part to play in my having these dis-eases. Nevertheless, it was a huge relief to be open and honest about how much help I need.
Best wishes to all going through similar situations. We need to be honest with ourselves and brave enough to accept life as it is x