After being turned down twice for DLA even thought I have moderate/severe COPD & have been off work more than there since February, I didn't give up !! I had an ATOS doctor visit me at home, who was very amicable, but had no details of all the documents etc I had sent in, not even my application form, only a form saying I had COPD!! He was at my home for approx an hour & half, asking questions I had filled in on my applications! He was very thorough, asked the same question several times,but spaced out later whilst talking to me,probably to assertain if I was telling the truth but ever so nice, even to the point of saying in his opinion I qualified without a doubt,but stressed he didn't make the decision,just sent his report in. As it happened it was a really bad day for me, which probably helped a lot him seeing me on one of my worse days. As we all know we are up one day, can't do anything at all another. WOW, yesterday morning 2 weeks after he had sen me the dreaded brown envolope arrived. Didin't want to open it as another rejection expected. HEY, got higher rate mobility & low rate carers allowances!! Plus backdated to my 1st application, can't believe it! So relieved as I am returning to work next week on a phased return but still very unsure if I will ever be able to manage again full time, as I work in a school & it's a very demanding job. Proves everyone, just persevere, maybe I was just one of lucky ones but what a weight off my mind if I have to drop my hours when I go back to work. Carol at BLF was tremendously helpful throughout all my worying times & without her advice re ATOS & what they would ask, look for etc, I doubt if I would have been successful & rejected again. Keep trying everyone, we all deserve what we are entitled to. Good luck to anyone else in the same situation as I have been for months. Not sleeping or eating due to worrying about what could lie ahead. There is hope, just keep fighting the stupid system!! Got on PR course too,been for 6 sesions & feel the benefit already.
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