Monthly Archives: May 2016

The ESA50, and what it can do to us all . . .

I’ve been having a bad time of it, health-wise, recently – well worse than usual, I guess I should say.

I’ve just spent another night wracked with pain. I was even unable to crochet, which is something I can usually use to distract myself from the constant, unrelenting, pain. But my hands were too bad last night for me to do so.

Because of that, I decided I would check out my emails, something I haven’t done for a few days, due to the vertigo I suffer with every now and then, which gets worse if I stare at a computer screen for longer than 5-10 minutes. It seems to have eased up for me at the moment, so I’m taking the opportunity to do what I can online while it lasts.

Most of my emails were easily sorted into non-essential, but I did come across one that was notice of a post written by a Blogger that I follow: https://pawprintsofthesoul.wordpress.com

The post was called: ‘#ESA50 and all that’, and was posted on May 28, 2016 by pawprintsofthesoul

This post tells of the writer’s battle with the DWP, and all the hoops they keep putting her through, even though she has a desperately bad progressive heart problem, and her doctor and consultants are fully backing her claim that the stress these constant WCA’s she has to go through, are in danger of actually killing her.

The problem, you see, is that, like practically everyone who has to go through this awful tick-box assessment, none of the questions are actually relevant to her problems but, as the government have deliberately set it up this way, to stop as many people as they can from claiming any help, we all have to struggle through the process as best as we can.

She posted links to previous posts of her treatment by the Department of Work and Pensions, and how she has had to cope with going through the Work Capability Assessments, and my heart bleeds for this lady, for all she is being put through, and especially as hubby and I are going through the same process, once again, ourselves.

But what really caught my attention in one of her posts, was one of the links that I clicked on. There was a video within her post, made by Tyneside Mind, about the WCA, and it’s treatment of people with mental health problems. I’ve known how bad things have got if you have any sort of mental health problem, but this video really brought it home.

Please click on any of the links I’ve provided, to see this brave lady’s story – and watch this video, to see just how bad things have become:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTaezvvQfOs

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