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Nuala Watt Member Posts: 30 Listener
edited September 2014 in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Hi - I'm just in the middle of filling out Atos healthcare forms related to my benefits. I'm 27, in the middle of a PhD and moving out of my parents' house, with my parents' support. I have cp and a visual impairment, and moving out has meant that I'm suddenly on a lot of waiting lists and seeing a lot of professionals. Something rather odd has happened to me - the benefit forms make me want to cry. The DWP sent me a form asking for a date when I was going to recover - not really applicable. I feel a bit ridiculous as nothing about my disabilities has changed and I've been living with them for 27 years - I used to have quite an effective anti-stupid question firewall for when people asked me if I was dying or whether I could have sex, but recently it seems to have slipped. I'm not sure why I want to cry as most of the time I just think of my disability as a detail of my life along with the others. Complaining about it feels ridiculous - like suddenly announcing that the colour of the sky doesn't suit you. Is this a normal reaction to benefit forms? Any advice?