I was not designed to make you laugh


So here we go again. Round two with the DWP. I am preparing to be thrown in the ring again. 6 months I have waited for this assessment. 6 months of dreading that letter in the post. 6 months of hoping that I will accumulate enough evidence to prove that I am unfit for work.

I would love to say that I feel more prepared but, I am more nervous than the first time. I know what to expect and being denied ESA this time round will be a bigger blow. I have had most of my appointments, taken every medication under the sun and have tried my best to come to terms with the new way I have to live my life now that things have changed. If I fall at the first hurdle again, like I did the first time, I don’t know what more I will be able to do. I have spoken openly about my experience with the DWP on my blog in the past as I don’t feel that the reality of this process that so many go through is documented enough.

Since my first assessment a lot has changed. I have a lot more evidence to back me up this time and my condition has visibly deteriorated. I often have to use my walking stick whilst out and about, I get noticeably tired both physically and mentally after only a short period of time and my pain levels are much higher now. However, unfortunately whoever will be conducting my assessment will judge me from the moment I walk in the door. As long as I can talk, move enough to type and can walk 50m even if I’m in pain then I am expected to be thrown straight back into the working world. Over the last few months I have had numerous phone calls and appointments with the job centre even though I am not signing on. I have been asked questions like; when will you get better? When will you be able to go back to work? Even though I have explained that I have a chronic illness that is incurable and that my condition is not going to drastically improve. They just want me to get better so they can add me to their list of successful candidates and no longer have to provide me with any money.

When filling in the long list of questions that were sent to me I stated that I would not be able to attend an early morning appointment due to the time it takes me to get up and get ready in the morning. I have to spend a few hours trying to push through the fog, ignore the dull ache in my back and legs caused by the hours of lying down and slowly wake myself up. But none of this was taken in account, why am I not surprised? I have been booked in for 10:10 in the morning. However, on the plus side at least they will see me at my very worst.

I shouldn’t have to pitch the reasons why I am currently incapable of working or push myself to exhaustion just to give them what they want. I feel like I am suffering for their own entertainment. They do not act like human beings with emotion or compassion for other people. You are just a box to be ticked and nothing else. Something I have become very aware of. 

Wish me luck. I am going to need it. Hopefully in my next post I can talk about getting a positive outcome but, I am not holding me breathe.

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  1. I am sorry to say I have read only a few of your posts…I will be back tracking to catch up. I am absolutely behind you 100%! I am so glad you are documenting this process. Do not give up! Keep posting!!! I am wishing you the BEST of luck. ~Kim

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    1. Thank you for your support and for reading and commenting on my posts. I enjoy writing my blog posts and want to be as honest as possible. I’m glad you enjoy them. If my posts reach out and help just 1 person it makes it all worth while. Thank you 🙂

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      1. Stay strong, but remember, you can cry if you need to!

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  2. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Sending luck, positive vibes and a virtual hug all in one package!

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    1. Thank You 🙂 It all went surprisingly well

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  3. I’ve only just stumbled on your blog just now, am curious what the result of this was… I have a similar thing coming up and it just gives me so much stress atm.

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    1. Thank you for reading. I was finally awarded ESA last month. My assessment was better than expected as I was assessed by someone who seemed to understand. It is such a stressful process so I definetly know how you feel. You just have to persevere as unfortunately, you get given such little help. When you are assessed, portray yourself as you would on your worst days. Good luck 🙂

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