I’ve debated at length whether or not to publish this post, and I think I have to have one last attempt at making people understand.
As I’ve explained at great length, in several blog posts, starting over two years ago, plus even a permanent page, and I’ve done so politely, three times, and angrily once (and still my wishes are ignored), I cannot answer questions on whether or not you are entitled to a particular benefit – so there is no point in dropping your medical history in my lap.
Nor can I explain why you didn’t get DLA, or ESA, but I would advise you very strongly to appeal. There is a page here which offers tips on optimising your application for either, which I’d advise reading before you apply. See also the links further down this post.
Why am I taking this stand? Because, while I’ve provided a great deal of advice in the past, those days are gone. I’m seriously ill (even typing is an effort), my life expectancy is limited and, frankly, I have too many problems of my own that keep me occupied – I really can’t deal with anyone else’s. I don’t have a team behind me, there’s just me, and I’ve pretty much had it with being ignored!
And, unbelievably, people are still posting questions on the page called Read before posting questions, which explains, at great length, why you shouldn’t. I really can’t understand the mind-set of someone who would do that – perhaps I should re-title it “Read instead of posting questions”? But that would confuse Google and probably be just as ineffective.
So, I can do one of two things, shut down comments totally across the blog – comments currently close automatically after 100 days anyway, which has reduced, but not eliminated, the problem – and as I’ve said many times, everything I know about benefits is already on this blog, there is nothing new I can tell anybody, or I can simply consign all such enquiries to oblivion, which seems fair enough as I have specifically asked you – five times now – not to post them.
With any such enquiries, I suggest talking to http://www.facebook.com/SocialWelfareAdvocacy (you’ll need a FB account if you don’t already have one), or http://www.abcofesa.co.uk/board/index.php or both.
And finally, if the foregoing isn’t enough, or comprehension is elusive, this is me – GOLD Stage 4 COPD, moderate/severe ME/CFS, heart failure, aortic valve calcification (those last two being potentially fatal), widespread osteo-arthritis, hips especially, but most joints are affected, plus the damage caused by being struck by lightning in 1983, which literally fried my feet, melting the fatty pads in the soles, so there is no cushioning (an effect not unlike walking barefoot on a shingle beach – forever), and damaged most of my joints, probably causing the spread of pre-existing o-a, and might actually also be the syndrome diagnosed as ME/CFS – there’s no way of knowing as the symptoms are almost identical. Either way, I am in constant and severe pain 24/7.
Oh, and just in case I get bored, it seems I might have cancer of the adrenal glands – tests are ongoing.
So when I say I already have too much to deal with, now you know why. And if you think, oh, well answering one question won’t hurt, believe me, it will as, were I to reply, it would simply encourage others.
Note: This applies purely to this blog – not to other platforms.