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angela63 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Thank you for letting me join, I’m a 56 year old mum with a 23 year old son with Aspergers and Dyspraxia and a 20 year old daughter with Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis  and severe anxiety and depression, and I have long term depression, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis myself, so we have a range of disabilities and life is pretty interesting and often challenging! But we are a very close little family and love our three dogs, cat, giant tortoise and bearded dragon, and pets are definitely our family therapy and have helped us through some bad times. We have constant issues with the DWP who regularly take away my daughters PIP on the basis that living with a lifelong stoma and Crohn’s pain isn’t apparently enough to qualify for PIP even though she is too ill to do much except be at home and sleep or help her brother with his autism. We have won 2 tribunals and know the stress the PIP process causes genuine claimants, makes me so angry.  So I feel for all you lovely folks on here with benefit struggles, which just shouldn’t happen when you are already coping with illness and disability, 
physical or mental. This group is a great place to get support looking at the discussions I’ve been reading, and that vital bit of support can make such a difference to us all when we are struggling. 


  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Member Posts: 6,389 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @angela63   Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

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  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the Community @angela63.  Thank you for joining, it is nice to have you here.  You have some lovely pets there and you are quite right to say that pets are really therapeutic.  I have a cat who I find great therapy too.  If we can be of any help to you then please just let us know.  :smile:
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  • RainbowJo
    RainbowJo Member Posts: 79 Courageous
    welcome im new too. my brother has chrones. my nephew is high function autistic and fobic anxiety disorder plus fibromyalgia. my sister ms and me a hole long list so ur not alone in having a hole family with there own issues and it does make it hard. people r always saying to me cant ur sister do that or help with that and i get fed up of reminding them my sister has ms. welcome again.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

    Scope community team

    Hi @angela63 and welcome to the community. Really glad you've found us and hopefully we'll be able to offer you some support. :smile: 

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  • steve51
    steve51 Member Posts: 7,154 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @angela63

    Good Afternoon & Welcome ???

    It’s great to have you onboard ?‍♀️?‍♀️?‍♀️?‍♀️

    I am also one off the team here on our online community.



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