I've read over and again people on DLA spending their lives afraid to actually go out and enjoy their good days lest anyone should report them for fraudulently claiming DLA... I can empathise with this because I have been there.
Before RA I had a disabling spinal compression and walked with a frame. I tried for DLA and was refused, I appealed and was turned down. I live in close proximity to fradulent claimants and was livid.
I had major surgey on my spine and was cured, but the traum triggerred RA from post op day 2. Once I was diagnosed the hospital suggested I apply for DLA and ask the pensions service to send an advisor to my home to complete the forms, this I did, she was a lovely lady very friendly and helpfull and reassuring. I was duly notified that I had been awarded the higher rate of mobility and care allowance.
I do not feel guilty anymore because the forms were answered with complete honesty. Every question should be answered as if it were you're worst day, and on my worst day I can do nothing for myself either because my hands will not work, or because I cannot walk. So now I enjoy good days head high, remembering of course that a good day may simply mean I managed to do a bit of shopping not a ramble or day by the sea, and when I have a bad day I remind myself, OH yes this is why I was awarded DLA.
DLA forced me into retirement on a reduced pension so DLA is really helpful. I do however really worry that I will lose it either at my two year review or government shake-up because only those who have it understand it and I think it also very much depends on whose desk your application happens to land. So far I have been lucky I have a review in October lets hope the luck holds.