Some of you may recall my one and a half year long appeal with the DWP. I am very pleased to inform you all that I had my tribunal hearing on Wednesday. The meeting was done and dusted in 5 min. The judge raised my case from the initial 0 points (the nurse awarded me in the initial medical) to the support group. This means that he has ordered the DWP to give me peace to recover from my many ailments for the next two years and to re-instate the benefits that they took away from me just before Xmas and pay me back everything that they owe me for over a year.
I am indebted to my MP, a local charity called Snap Cymru, my GP, a Welfare Officer and you guys for all your support. As my Welfare Officer stated..it is a shame that the only organization who refused to support my case was St Thomas' hospital..but luckily the Judge could see I had integrity and a resilience to see this whole process through based on the fact that I was given a completely unjust initial medical and that I was an unreliable candidate for a future employer with my many symptoms. During the last year or so I have waned and fought, I have proven to myself that I have a new found resilience that even I did not know that I was capable of. I have learn't a lot of new things as a consequence of this process and have made some lovely contacts. I now know who is on my side and who would be prepared to let me rot (so to say) and I'm sure you can imagine that I was extremely surprised to be reduced to tears by my Dr at St Thomas when he phoned me at home over this matter. According to him I have a mild case of Hughes, that may be the case, but I did loose 6 potential babies as a consequence of this illness and the tablets that he prescribed me and his promise that they would turn me into a "new Woman" were unfounded as I am still suffering exactly as I did before I saw this Doctor. I will not let this experience prevent me from asking for expert advice at St Thomas in the future but it has left me with a bad taste in my mouth, so to say.
I have been celebrating over the last two days by putting our heating on, a privilege I could not afford over winter because my benefit was cut completely.
I am of course delighted with the incredible outcome ! I will take this opportunity to recover from the strain of the last year or so with great impunity. It is terrible how I have paid for the DWP's grave errors, and have been treated with complete discontent by them. But I am glad to say that the Judge in Swansea has restored my faith in receiving a fair hearing at least..thank you all so much for all your support. In life we need a little patience, a little resilience and a lot of faith in ourselves, this was my recipe for success