New member here

Hi everyone, just thought I'd pop in to say hi!

I'm 39 and have COPD as well as a spinal cord injury, life can be tough but I an age just fine...well I did....because nw I'm going through the atos system! Been to the GP and we filled out the questionnaire together and I'm now waiting for the answer. I guarentee I'm not in the support group. This waiting is so very stressful which is affecting my breathing.

Anyway, hi to everyone and I hope to chat with you all at some point.

Mike x

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  • Hi Mike

    Welcome, it's really lovely here. Nothing goes unanswered.

    I haven't needed to think about benefits yet but I'm sure someone will be along to offer you some good advice.

    Marie x

  • Hi and welcome Val

  • Welcome Mike

    Keeping fingers crossed your ESA application is approved without further assessment being required.

    Good wishes to you.

  • Hi Mike .You have some of the same symptoms as myself.I joined a local Breathe Easy group

    about 6 years ago and found great friendship,why dont you give your local group a try?

  • Hi, thanks everyone. Very kind of you.

    I use an iPad and sometimes it changes my words...I meant to say..but I cope just fine...not the double Dutch that did come out!

    Yes I did see the 2 documentaries that were on on Monday, made my blood boil...will the government listen? I doubt it! My GP did write on the form that one question was stupid!! It said "can he lift things" well yes obviously a kettle I can but not anything very heavy! What sort of question is that?!

    The waiting is so very stressful, due to my spinal cord injury and the challenges it presents everyday not to mention the amount of vile medication I'm on I've not worked for 7 years..I can't work..so unless I'm in the support group I'm stuffed really. As I said the waiting for the answer is so stressful it's beginning to affect my health more but all we can do is wait I guess. Anyway, thanks everyone for your kind hello's!

    If I can help you with anything then do please let me know!

    Good wishes to you all x

  • Hi kingofthecocktails, I was thinking of doing that but wondered what kind of age range the people are ( not that I'm at all ageist! ) they are only held in the daytime here which can prove difficult as I can't drive with my medication I'm on and there's no public transport in my hamlet at all. Still worth consideration though.

  • Hi kingofthecocktails, I was thinking of doing that but wondered what kind of age range the people are ( not that I'm at all ageist! ) they are only held in the daytime here which can prove difficult as I can't drive with my medication I'm on and there's no public transport in my hamlet at all. Still worth consideration though.

  • Hi Mike. I'm fairly new here myself (although I've had COPD for quite a few years) and it's a lovely site, very friendly. Welcome! Jude x

  • Hi Jude, a big welcome to you too!

    I was getting rather bored coughing and spluttering by myself all day while rattling round the house but I spend quite some time here now, it's great.

    Hope to converse with you at some point! Take care, Mike x

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