• 2018,  benefits,  C-A-B,  DLA,  ESA,  OT

    Oh, the irony

    I was referred for an OT assessment back in April. I actually saw the OT just over two weeks ago. One of the great many questions I was asked (the form had approx 17 pages) was about social involvement. I told him about volunteering for Citizens Advice. He asked if I liked it and we somehow got onto the topic of benefits advice. He mentioned that another service user he had been to see had shown him the medical report from their work capability assessment for ESA. Being that for almost two years now I’ve been doing a lot of supporting clients through either the Mandatory Reconsideration or appeal processes…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  C-A-B,  courage,  disability,  ESA,  Uncategorized

    Recognition

    Not long after I wrote yesterday’s post it occurred to me that I’ve actually been doing a brilliant task lately of taking better care of myself. And that not only is the guilt I felt yesterday unnecessary, it’s also unwarranted. I’ve always struggled with recognising the good things I’m doing. For some reason it’s much easier for me to remember and focus on the negative than the positive. I suspect that’s true for most people but it feels like something I need to work on going forward. Make it a goal for the rest of the year perhaps? At CAB I often point out to clients things that from my…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  benefits,  DLA,  ESA,  guest blog,  perceptions,  personal,  Uncategorized,  writing

    File this under “you couldn’t make it up.”

    Last Wednesday I got the news that I’ve been awarded ESA for two years. I’ve been put straight into the support group. It’s definitely the right decision and now I’ve had a chance to think about things and calm down I’m relieved its sorted and ok with it. But it’s not a comfortable place and if I’m completely honest I felt like I must be much more disabled than I realised. I wrote more about that, the ESA process and how it relates to me over on Bea Magazine And then yesterday I got a letter telling me about my DLA entitlement for this year. And all about how DLA…