A letter to Theresa May from a cancer patient who was turned down for PIP (ReBlog)

My comment to this article –

“I’m physically disabled and ill from that chronic pain and was also turned down for PIP. They made up lies about me which I saw in a copy of their assessment which I requested. The woman who did my assessment had hatred in her eyes.

Why do genuine people get treated so callously? Money grabbing Tory government.

I’ve been ‘sanctioned’ twice and would have been homeless if not for my elderly mum. They kept refusing home visits (until this January) saying I wasn’t really ill enough.

I’m used to it now though. I’ve been mistreated by doctors, the pain clinic, local council won’t renew my blue badge, the local college stole my money when they lied about supporting me in my studies (go to the OU if anyone is interested in further learning; they’re brilliant) and the DWP. Thankfully, my local job centre believe me and we were both surprised that my health update had not been done in YEARS on their computer system.

After 11 years – from the unsupport and chronic illness – I AM WORN OUT and on the edge. We are frustrated and humiliated enough not being able to work and be independent WITHOUT a dictatorial government sticking the knife in.”

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The 22-year-old's cancer wasn't diagnosed for 10 months, meaning it was advanced and had spread to her lymph nodes and lungs (Photo: Paige Garratt)

Photo: Paige Garratt

Paige Garratt was just 22 when she was diagnosed with advanced, stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and lungs.

Last month, i published a story about how a benefits assessor visited her during her chemotherapy treatment and decided she was ‘not sick enough’ for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). She had lost all of her hair and was so ill during the home visit she couldn’t raise her head off the sofa. 

Here, Paige shares an open letter to the Prime Minister:

Dear Theresa May,

I cried when I opened the letter that said I wasn’t entitled to some help when I was extremely sick.

It’s hard to find the words to describe the panic and despair you feel having been diagnosed with cancer. It’s utterly, utterly, terrifying.

Can you imagine having to deal with everything cancer brings, then a stranger decides you’re…

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6 Responses to A letter to Theresa May from a cancer patient who was turned down for PIP (ReBlog)

  1. simplywendi says:

    God bless you for reposting this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wendy says:

    I could not agree more.
    I’m in the US so it’s a bit different…just organization titles, not the treatment.
    I finally received SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and Medicare a couple of years ago, this past week I was sent a letter saying my case is under review.
    I was doing so much better. I was having vertigo rarely, and when I did it wan’t bad. My headaches were still debilitating, but doctors don’t seem to believe that one. Even though my doctor admits, nothing has helped, but “don’t give up hope” pfft. And my mental state was better, I felt stable, and happy with the way things were going.
    Since the letter my symptoms have increased dramatically!!!
    I do have other stressors in my life right now, but I’ve been under some extreme stress the past year and my symptoms were not out of control until now.
    The thought that they will take away my health insurance, my little bit of money coming in, and my dignity again, is tearing me apart.
    I’ve been trying to find a reason for me feeling so lost and out of control, this is the reason.
    They could soon be taking my lively hood away.
    (oh also they say my hearing loss is not a reason for disability, but they don’t offer to train me in a job that doesn’t require hearing. I’ve worked retail my whole life, I cannot do that without being able to understand people. I feel so defeated.)
    xoxo – w

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    • Wendy, I’m sorry to hear they’ve put you under review. We have them too. There’s no reason for reviewing (because our illnesses don’t, at core, change – and, if they do, we are the ones to notify them!) other than the governments having the excuse to refuse our financial benefits in order for them to become richer (at our cost)…

      I understand your stress. Do you have any charities in your area who can help with free advice? Please try not to let it get to you. Remind yourself of the good things in your life like Stuart (I hope I spelled his name correctly) and your creative and compassionate talents. xoxo


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