Cannot believe I won my appeal this morning!! I am going to be put into the Support Group & get paid ESA & the Support Component! The lady judge & doctor both seemed nice, but kept trying to keep my answers short - think they were behind time. But when I told them about my mental state & how I had almost pushed a door open onto a line manager at work when I got angry over how I could not communicate my meaning to her, & how fibro & my other long term health problems affect my day to day life & how my hubby has to do the shopping & driving & other stuff for me, then I think that was what swung their decision.
The fact that I wasn't informed I could ask for a fibro specialist at my ATOS exam came up & the examining doctor for ATOS just wrote that 'fibro started several years ago, has joint & muscle pain & some fatigue.' I thing also helped.
Plus they took my statement I had written about the ATOS form & how fibro really affects people & how there were mistakes, (or deliberate lies), on the form about how I'd been able to crouch & then stand up & that I could bend down to touch my shins. I haven't been able to do that for years, & I certainly did not do it at the exam!!
Thank you to all on here for your messages of support - it has been a great help. Knowing that there are people out there that understand what goes on when you have fibro has been a great boost to me.
Big, Gentle Hugs, & Thank You again,