I have received an appointment to go and see a job advisor Last year I went through treatment for advanced cervical cancer and it has made

my fibro worse it has affected my leg and arms and in constant pain and have other problems through this as well I am on DLA its says on my letter indefinite Can anyone give me any advice on this please as it is making me more ill I have to go next week thank you . Magsmarye x

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  • Hi Magsmarye has your doctor given you the all clear to work again? Are you still being treated for the cervical cancer or is it at a clear stage. Perhaps it would be a good idea to see your Doctor this week before you go to see the advisor and then you will know exactly where you stand. Do you feel able to work at the moment or do you feel it will put you way back again. I feel at the end of the day what you have been through is tough enough and now you need some support and assistance before launching yourself back to work. Are you well enough to do a couple of hours a day and see how you cope/ Do let us know how it goes and good luck xgins

  • I would like to thank yourself and foggy for kindly replying to my question that was the problem I thought I was on ESA as I put a medical certificate in when I found out about my cancer but because I am a carer to my two young grandchildren I am on income support I thought when I sent in the certificate I was automatically on ESA or incapacity Benefit as it use to be known as and because the youngest one who will soon be five and ready to start school next year this is why I must go to a job advisor I just panicked this morning when I seen the letter My sister phoned for me and explained my situation I have been left with a lot of problems from my treatment bladder legs arms and hands numbness so still on Morphine a fa also pregabalin and amitriptyline The Advisor said that I should be on ESA and that she would leave me for 3 months and if I contact her after this time and bring her up to date I still have appointments for hospitals at the moment so will have see about this ESA Thanks again to both of you Masmarye xx

  • I agree with everything that gins has said, a visit to your GP and he could perhaps give you a letter to take with you. Have you already been assessed for ESA and put into the support group ? If not and you are in the WRAG group I have no doubt that your having had the trauma of the cancer treatment will negate your ability to work, certainly at the moment. My appointment to talk about work was nowhere near as awful as I thought and the woman told me within five minutes she could see there was not way I was in a position to work and I think and hope that may be the same for you. Please don't let the worry of this make things worse for you, I know it's easier to say than done, but I wish you well.

    Foggy x

  • Oh I'm so pleased you have got this a bit more clearly now. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation and a phone call and the situation can be resolved, so often when we are caught "on the hop" as they say, we can't see a way forward and worry ourselves even more, making things just spiral down. Well done though for getting the help you need, I really hope you will get the ESA continuously .

    Foggy x

  • Yes this is so true I just panic when I see the brown envelope coming through the letterbox I get embarrassed having to explain everything that is wrong with me especially when they ask what is Fibromyalgia and how it affects you it was much easier to tell them about the cancer also I feel they think you are exaggerating all the different symptoms that I have I think it just might be me. But thanks for you help I will phone her in 3 months time as she suggested and I will ask her about the ESA as I still have hospital appointments for different things Magsmarye x

  • Well done you , I will be keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you............ picks self up off floor having toppled with all the crossing of toes :D

    Foggy x

  • Thank you so much x

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