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Work and ESA issues getting me down

murff Member Posts: 6 Connected
I have been ill for some time, coping and trying to carry on with emphysema,  i have 20% lung capacity and have been told i have end stage emphysema COPD,  i am on oxygen 16 hours a day and have to use a mobile oxygen for when i walk at work, i was off sick last year for 7 months, i tried to claim contributory ESA but told there was no such thing anymore as i lived in a universal credit area , so i appied for that and after being told i was not entitled to benefits because my partner earns 'too' much i felt forced back to work i have been back now for 8 months and im getting vibes from my employer about my role as to whether i can continue and have a meeting with HR next week,  i get PIP,  and the higher aspect of mobility,  but i feel that if work finished me i would be struggling my partner does earn above average but we still have bills like everyone else , i have paid into the system since i have been 15/16 years old, when i actually went for  a meeting at the job centre the interviewer made me feel like i was trying to claim somthing i was not entitled to,  when i went for a lung function test the consultant asked me if i worked, (as i was in my uniform,  i am a nurse assistant), and i said yes  she told me i must be 'clearly mad in the head' my respiratory nurses also are   shocked that i work, but as i said iv been told that i am not entitled to anything ive worked all my life , for what, nothing only to be struggling on, and a miserable life, can someone help me and explain to me why i am not entitled to anything,   thanks in advance x



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