I first applied for pip in February this yr, went for my assessment in April & was awarded 6points. After reading all assessment notes I was outraged to learn that the assessor had made out my conditions were milder & didn't effect my daily living as much as I'd explained. Example; I use 3dosette boxes for most of my meds, + pain relief & creams. Even then I've taken wrong meds at wrong time. She said I don't need help from aids (dosette boxes) or help to organise meds, lie! That's only 1 example. So I appealed. Had my appeal hearing last wed's. My stress levels were of the scale! Hearing was conducted by a judge, a doctor & a 3rd person (can't remember who she was) My sister, who see me daily, came with me. Although they cldnt have been nicer & anymore patient with me, I cried most of the 40 mins I was been interrogated to explain my daily needs/life. I did make points about assessor not listening & recording true facts. Example 2; I had breast cancer in 2006, because of complications I had to have a free tram reconstruction in 2008. The assessor put that reconstruction surgery was put on hold because of Lupus!!!! I wasn't diagnosed with Lupus till 2013!!! Anyhow to cut a long story, they awarded me 3 extra points & payment backdated from February. The award is for 3yrs, by which time I'll be 63yrs old & a lot wiser to the ways & info needed to claim PIP. Since winning the appeal my body has given in & a flare has taken over. I expected this after months of stress. I feel more relaxed & will let my body heal with plenty of rest. Just one more thing, I've learnt over the months if this fight, if it wasn't for fake people claiming these benefits we wouldn't have to be put through this humiliating & stressful process which makes us more ill or even worse, give in. Hope this post encourages at least one person to find the strength & fight for what we're legally entitled to.
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