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Hi, I'm Yvette48! Nervous about upcoming PIP/ESA telephone assessments. Can anyone help?

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Yvette48
Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
edited September 2021 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hello everyone, I've recently come across this site and I hope someone can help me. I have asthma and copd overlap and I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my lung in March. I'm still not doing too good and I haven't been into work since new years eve 2020 due to shielding and then this other health condition. I have a telephone assessment with esa this week and one with pip next week. I'm so very nervous and I suffer with anxiety too. I'm so sad because I may be retired due to ill health and at a loss as what will happen to me. Thankyou for reading. 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You are not alone there are many of us who have had to stop working due to disabilities 

    It is hard to adjust just take it one step at a time 

    Sort out the finances and practical issues then look forward and find different ways to live your life 

    Good luck with your claims 
  • Yvette48
    Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
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    Thankyou so much for your reply. I have my telephone assessments in the next week or so. I'm not too concerned about the esa one but I'm very anxious about the pip one. It's all new to me as I've worked for the same company for 25 years. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I was in similarsituation
    I had to give up work at 50 following a successful career in hr 

    One day I was working the next day I became disabled having had my leg amputated 

    Try not to worry about your assessments just tell it as it is 

    Lots of advice on here if you look through the pip section 
  • Yvette48
    Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
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    Thankyou so much for your advice. Hope your doing OK xx
  • Yvette48
    Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
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    Thankyou so much for the advice about pip assessments. I've spent a long time looking at posts and the answers given and I feel a little better and less anxious about my upcoming phone assessment. 
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,740 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2021
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    Hello @Yvette48 and a warm welcome from me too, how's your Thursday going?

    I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with your anxiety at the moment.  Is this something you've ever spoken to your doctor about, or do you currently receive support with it?  If not and you find the anxiety is making day to day life hard, please do think about talking to your GP.

    The Citizens Advice Bureau have lots of advice on Preparing for your PIP assessment.  While, you can also have someone with you for support and ask to take breaks, as and when you need them, if things get too much.  Having a drink to keep you hydrated and your phone fully charged (if its a mobile) is a good idea too :) 

    Beforehand, it might be good to familiarise yourself with the PIP descriptors again to refresh yourself on the criteria, and don't forget to ask for a question to be repeated if you didn't hear it right or are unsure about what is being asked.

    We'll all be rooting for you and please ask away with any other questions you have, if any crop into your mind.  Just to add, I've tweaked the title of your thread to help make it more visible to others, and moved it to our PIP, DLA and AA category although I appreciate you have an ESA assessment too.  Good luck.
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  • Yvette48
    Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
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    Yes I been suffering from anxiety for years, I'm on medication for it but at the moment it's not helping much. I just feel so useless because with my health conditions on top I can't function properly. I've finally accepted that I will most probably be retired on health grounds but it's still upsetting. I'm scared because I've got no company sick pay or ssp left and I'm constantly on edge wondering how I'm going to survive if I don't get esa or pip. Thankyou for all your help though, I've looked through posts about claiming pip and I'm writing things down as best as I can xx
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're not useless @Yvette48, health problems can really take their toll and navigating the benefits system can be exhausting. 

    I'm glad that the advice has been helpful. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. 

    Have you spoken to your doctor about adjusting your medication to help you through this difficult time, or about accessing another form of treatment such as talking therapy? 

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  • Yvette48
    Yvette48 Community member Posts: 48 Connected
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    I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow as I'm still having a lot of trouble with my breathing which makes it very hard to do anything. I have been referred to a specialist but with covid there is massive backlogs. I will speak to her tomorrow and see what else she can recommend for my anxiety. 
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