The pile keeps growing

It’s bizarre but now that my car is back I am filled with joy and sadness in equal measure. I know that I need it. I know that I meet the criteria. I know in order to function through life and work this is necessary. But why me and not others??

A disabled mum of two down south with MS has had her PIP cut. They ignored her hospital evidence and decided she didn’t qualify because she could squeeze the assessors thumb! Yeah you read that right!

Sure we can appeal these outcomes but I cannot stress enough how draining that process is. I’ll never be able to prove it but I’m adamant the new scarring on my brain which flagged up in last months MRI is completely down to the DWP. That’s another patch of my brain that is either damaged or gone forever. When I think of it like that I start singing ‘Brain Damage’ from Dark side of the Moon.

So when I read this woman’s story it saddened me that she may be impacted in the same way. Her mobility issues sound worse than mine or at least that’s how it reads. 

When did this country stop caring? When did we go “We have 100% proof that you’re disabled but we’re gonna need more than that!”. Every day without the ability to leave your home is just another day sliding further down the plug hole.

I really hope this woman gets the help she needs and that a correct decision is made ASAP. As for the assessor, i wonder if she bases all her decisions on the ability to squeeze a thumb. If she’s a midwife she must tell every baby born to get a job and start paying rent!

You can see her story here:

Disabled mum has benefits cut… because she can squeeze a thumb


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I was diagnosed with Relapsing/Remitting MS in 2004 when I was 20. I originally started this page document my progress using Oxygen Therapy but now the new PIP has started to replace DLA and I, like so many others, have been told i am no longer eligible to receive a Motability Car and so I am fighting against the DWP to explain exactly why they are wrong.

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