I finally decided to claim for DLA. The turning point was when I found out I had to have oxygen. I have had the mobility component for 8 years but have never bothered about the other bit. Anyway, a phone call to my local council's Welfare Rights department elicited the reponse "We will send a woman round". "That's handy" was my first thought.
Now since I have been ill my concentration level has dropped alarmingly. But this women knew exactly what she was doing and soon had me scrabbling round for doctors notes and prescription copies and consultants letters etc.
It was a good thing she came. To a question like "Can you climb the stairs" My answer would have been a simple "Yes". Wrong answer. It should have been "I can climb the stairs but it takes me ages and leaves me so breathless that I can't do anything for some time afterwards. That is also honest and true.
It was the same all through the form. My simple (and honest) answers would not have helped me at all. By giving a truer picture of my condition I stand a better chance of success.
So now you know. Get Welfare Rights on your side and it will help. Bob xx