Last reply 6 months ago
Should I apply?

I was diagnosed with rrms in may last year, many of my friends and family have now been asking me why I haven’t applied for pip. I’m 31 and I’m on the go all the time, I work part time and run after my daughter’s and I’m always permanently exhausted lol ive put it off in the past partly from denial of my condition and the thought of going through the horrendous form and probably appeals etc apart from fatigue I can’t do the things I used to with my daughters like big days out without help, have pins and needles almost constantly also my immune system is absolutely rubbish caught the cold from my girls and ended up with a chest and upper respiratory infection which floored me, still recovering and had to have help from my mum to do even the basic duties. I just don’t know whether to apply though as because I’m fairly young and mostly able if I’m not ill don’t know whether to put myself though the whole process and stress of it all?

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nutshell88
6 months ago

I suppose you better do
Not sure if its PIP or something else
they will probably give you DLA maybe not sure thats what gave me


edwardsummerfield
6 months ago

Yes you should


vivien
6 months ago

@chezn87

I’m in a similar mindset to you!

Don’t know if it’s worth the bother if we’re just going to get knocked back, although I had no issues qualifying for a blue badge, which then qualified me for a national entitlement card 🤔


grandma
6 months ago

@chezn87 you should go for it. You are exactly the sort of person it’s aimed at. There are 3 levels, and even getting the most basic would mean you could pay for some help cleaning and not have to go to mum for so much help. Even the basic level would get you some help, and as a rule, with a fairly long standing diagnosis of ms you shouldn’t have any major problems getting an award, though unfortunately this does depend upon where you live, even though it shouldnt🥊👹


rotherhamdave
6 months ago

Get it done. I started on pip and esa at 32 years old cos I knew I wouldn’t be able to work. I was a bit funny claiming for it cos I’ve always worked for my money. I was glad I got it all sorted n outta way. Get in for it, The sooner the better


chezn87
6 months ago

I’m thinking the same I have ms but I don’t know if it’s my denial about how it affects me but I feel like I don’t deserve it even though I’ve had a few hiccups and illness with it, I can still walk a short distance, I can thankfully wash and dress myself there are a lot of people who can’t but I have taken a lot of days off work because of ms I’m feeling now that maybe I should apply facing the facts I’m not as fit as what I used to be


rotherhamdave
6 months ago

Getting the help to make our lives easier on our selves. Luck after number 1 🤗


chezn87
6 months ago

This is true @rotherhamdave I’ll look into it.


edmontonalberta
6 months ago

@chezn87

Definitely 100%. There may be the possibility you do not get accepted because you look healthy (the joy of MS); but if you have the proper physician documentation you should get accepted.

Either way, they will then have a file as a comparison point in case you get rejected today then need to re-apply later; which will make things easier…


nutshell88
6 months ago

All MSers deserve it no doubt about it
Im originally from Saudi
I stayed in the uk 2.5 years I was working and Studying zi used to get it besides my wage when I finished the job I hit ELA
and also taxi pass
Now i get DLA or something like it in Saudi too
And I have a job too part time 6hrs


highlander
6 months ago

@chezn87
Go for it as soon as possible.
I applied last October got a text from them Xmas eve telling me they’ll be in touch.
Well now it’s almost March still haven’t received or heard anything from them.
All the best.


regj
6 months ago

@chezn87 I’m really glad you posted this as I’m in a similar position but had just assumed it wasn’t worth applying. I pay for more childcare since I got diagnosed and had to move closer to family who help more than they should have to. But when I look at the eligibility I’m just not sure how my situation relates as i am still fully able with all my self care and don’t use any mobility aids. I’d be really interested to hear how you get on if you do apply. Sounds like you’re doing a fab job looking after your girls and getting on with life. Good luck! X


bullman
6 months ago

@chezn87 DLA does not exist for working age adults.
Replaced by PIP.

Having MS is not an entitlement to PIP. It looks at 12 different entitlements. 10 for daily living and 2 for mobility.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers/pip-assessment-guide-part-2-the-assessment-criteria for the full criteria.

Being fatigued rarely qualifies for PIP with out it affecting other activities greatly.

I was a PIP decision maker before taking ill health Retirement.

PIP looks at each activity on the grounds of safely, timely, reliabily

By all means apply but you may not qualify to PIP.


rogersouthall
6 months ago

Chez, PIP is there to help people like us, now claiming and being awarded are different things as there are levels, me, well without my FES (electric pads attached to my legs) I can barely walk a few yards, I qualify for the top bracket, you may get the low rate, there are many possibilities, but remember, it is on your worst day when talking to assessors, good luck as I believe we all need help, read my blog, it may answer a lot for you
http://www.wholesorts.com


chezn87
6 months ago

Thanks for all the information folks, I have phoned the ms society and they are sending me out a booklet on the process and what’s best to word and answer the questions. Want to read through it before I phone pip for an application form x

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