well, went to my tribunal for DLA,.
They where not interested in my position today, just how i was back in April/may when i made the original claim - since then i have deteriorated quite a lot.
i found it totally humiliating and ended up in tears when i had to explain to a room of 5 men (not one woman present) that the medication causes me to have continence issues.
I have had one hell of a week and this was the final straw - i think i would rather be hungry than go through that again.
don't get me wrong the panel where really nice but i was so embarrassed by some of the answers i had to give.
All my life i have worked and to put me through this degrading procedure was inhumane.
i never thought i would say this but i am ashamed of my country - the way people are treated when the worse happens to them, the way you are forced to fight to get a little help when you become ill.
Yes! its my own fault that i have emphysema because i smoked, but do they treat drug addicts and alcoholics the same way? i would be interested to find out! ( just googled it and they are entitled to DLA if they have issues as a result of the use of drugs/alcohol)
i admit i am probably at my lowest point at the moment and maybe i was silly to attend the tribunal but never again!