So in my first blog entry i gave a summary of where i am so far with my me vs endo and the complications it brings battle. I would first like to say thank you to all the girls who commented, your questions and comments inspire me to keep writing , not only do i know some one out there is listening but you actually want to hear what ive got to say (whether you agree with me or not ) makes all the difference to me. SO BIG THANK YOU !!! Okay , so ive just got some advice on filling in the DLA forms, a solicitor friend of mine advised that when i fill in these forms i was to answer the questions based on how i am at my absolute worst. I thought maybe this was a little extreme but it is how the questionnaire is designed to be answered. It is a lengthy process but dont be put off by that. I did mine in sections so that i could take my time and did it over a couple of days , left it to one side and re read what id written to make sure id answered it all correctly and not left anything out. Some of the questions are very rigid but i worked through it and got to the end with a sigh of relief and hope that the person assessing me has at least some knowledge of chronic pain conditions or endo .The reason I mentioned the legal protections DLA could afford me in the work place was because thats what im more interested in than the money. If you are under DLA your employer has a legal obligation to make it easy for you to attend hospital appointments, they cannot count them as days off sick as other employers would normally be aloud to do. They also cannot sack you for time off ill if the time off sick is directly related to the health condition for which you receive DLA. The thing i found most interesting though was that i can work up to 15 hours per week and earn up to £95 per week without losing any DLA benefit so i can work and not worry that if im off sick for a couple weeks that i will be falling into debt as i wouldnt just have my wages coming in , i would have a safety net of my benefit to keep us going until i was well enough to work and earn again. If any one has any questions about anything ive just mentioned about DLA or how to apply please leave a comment/question and i will do my best to answer it , i will be happy to support any one i can using the knowledge and experiences ive gained through this process. I will be posting all the documents on monday morning so it will be a couple weeks before i hear anything but i will blog again and keep you all informed as i go through my journey....It'l be nice to have your company and support along the way and make this whole thing a little less lonely. As always take care , much love Cherryblossom83. xxxx
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