Please bare with me, this cld be a long post. I'm a 62yr female. I was diagnosed with sle, sjogrens syndrome, raynards, severe anxiety, uncontrolled blood pressure & depression & the list keeps getting longer. In 2006 I had surgery for breast cancer, followed by 15 sessions of radiotherapy. Unfortunately, I had unusual reaction to the radiotherapy. It caused the breast to mummify, damaging the whole upper quarter of my chest. I had to have a free tram reconstruction & numerous surgeries. All that took me to 2013 when I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorders. In all that time I managed to work, but things got increasinly more difficult with reaction to uv lights/sun & aches & pains. I was increasingly more & more of work due to all lupus flares etc. I was eventually dismissed in May this year due to incapabilities due to ill health. This was extremely upsetting at the time, but has taken a lot of stress of me. Oh forgot to add that boxing day my home was flooded & I've only just got sorted with that. Anyway, I'd been claiming esa since march last year & I've just had the medical assessment a few weeks ago. I had the medical done at my home due to anxiety & I cldnt get to the medical assessment centre because of it been height of summer & my reaction to heat & uv light. Last Thursday the DWP phoned me to say that I hadn't passed the medical, my esa money was been stopped straight away & I was to sign on at the job centre! They are sending paperwork to me which explains why they decided I'm fit for work. So as yet I've no idea why they think I'm fit for work. I'd sent in letters/evidence from 2 consultants & my gp explaining my condition & how it effects me on a daily basis. The same paperwork I used to get pip! I said I cldnt sign on at job centre & declare myself fit for work because I'd be lying. So now I'm left with no income, no housing benefit or council tax benefit. I've gone into a bad flare & can't stop crying. I spoke to my gp the same day & she's given me a sick note with new illnesses on because my sick notes that I was sending to DWP with sle etc on are now useless because they deem me fit to work with those conditions. I saw my dermatologist last Friday & she's given me more written evidence on the severity of uv light on me. That I'm on strong toxic medicine's & creams & there compromising my health insisting that I find work! The whole system stinks! I not sleeping very well now, not interested in eating, can't concentrate on anything & feel totally worthless. I know I need to find strength to fight this situation our government has put me in, I do not intend to lay down & die. But it's so difficult to muster the strength to go into battle. Thank you & well done if you managed to get to the end if this long post.
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