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I could really do with some advice, apologies in advance if this gets a bit sad... thats how I feel at the moment. Three weeks ago today I lost the job I loved as a nurse while on a career break due to illhealth and long delays in getting a diagnosis.
I'm on Esa in the support group which I've been on since Nov 2015.
The way in which I lost my job was complex and involved multiple factors although I havent as yet received details regarding the grounds of termination of my contract.
I live with my mum who has multiple health problems and has been on high rate dla for both care & mobility for a number of years. We have just about managed but although I am her carer there are times when I can't do anything to help so we just leave whatever and try to catch up when we can. In the past family & friends have suggested I claim carers allowance but I used to think I'm not doing anything that a good daughter wouldn't do but in the last few years I've thought about trying to claim but kept putting it off due to trying to manage my own health or trying to keep working etc then when I got worse I couldn't concentrate due to severe pain anaemia and varies vitamin deficiencies giving me brain fog and extreme fatigue.
I am now in the position of wondering where to go for advice. I did ask my gp if he would support a claim for Pip I think that was not long after I went on esa he said yes but I don't think I have enough medical documents that show the true extent of how my illhealth affects my daily living. I did look at the pip descriptors and wrote down how much i'm affected by my health but after reading how people who are I feel worse of than me getting refused I was afraid to apply incase I wasn't believed and thought they may stop my esa? Im new to the benefits system I was on incapacity benefit in 2004 but managed to get myself back to work after surgery...but I didn't have crohn's then...or looking back maybe I did have the start of it. Sorry I'm rambling now I just don't know what to do I've thought about contacting Carers uk for a benefits assessment but I get so tearful at the moment after losing my job i can't face it.
I don't know if I should put in a claim for pip as I wish now I had done it back last year or if I should try for carers allowance but somedays mum and I are both not well and I wonder who is looking after who...I think we are caring for each other.
Thanks if you got this far and I will be very grateful for any thoughts or advice...
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