And the results are in…

Finally after years of stress, struggling and tears I’ve been awarded Disability Living Allowance.  Both Care and Mobility, at Higher Rate Indefinitely.

They sent the confirmation six working days after I saw the doctor – which isn’t long at all, although it felt like an eternity.

I can’t explain what a difference it will make.  I now become entitled to Working Tax Credit, free prescriptions and dental care (because of the WTC), can get a motability car or free car tax.  Overnight my income more than doubled, as I was living off 16 hours a week at minimum wage.

I will be able to afford to pay for the treatment I need, and help pay for a cleaner to help mum out as she has to look after the whole house and care for me.  And I can put towards to rent to get us a bungalow – something we have been struggling with the council for years with.  A bungalow would allow me to be able to access my own room, access the toilet and have parking outside the house – rather than down the street.

So to those out there still battling the system – please don’t give up.  It took me three claims, two tribunals and two medicals – but I got there in the end.

I do kind of want to send my award to the head of the second tribunal who said I was contriving my conditions/help I need, and to the first GP who did my medical who said there was nothing wrong with me with a note to them attached  – you can imagine what that would say, but a hint is that it’s two words long.

I now have a pile of consultant’s reports telling them they were totally wrong, and an indefinite award in response.

Credit to Steffen Zelzer at http://www.flickr.com/photos/67721855@N06/

Credit to Steffen Zelzer at http://www.flickr.com/photos/67721855@N06/

It’s a fantastic feeling.

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