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ESA appeal and 3rd assessment!

wrendoewrendoe Member Posts: 3 Connected
hi, I’m Karen, 45. I have a 6 yr old son (single parent). I suffer with depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, lupus, circulation issues, sad syndrome and all being exacerbated by starting the menopause!!!!! I’m going through an esa apppeal at the moment, have sent all info for the tribunal and have recently completed another assessment form and have now been given another assessment date in January. Could anyone please help, any tips re how to portray what my life is like at the moment. My depression has spiralled since they stopped my esa (been going on most of the year), frequently bursting into tears, still coming to terms with failure of marriage (over 2yrs separated). I frequently suffer with pain (aches, nerve pain, muscle and bone pain and joint pain). Also my memory is being affected by medication which feeds the anxiety! 
Sorry for the essay but so anxious about it it’s almost dominating my life. Had almost got the stage of accepting that I was allowed the odd good day before all this happened x


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Karen and welcome

    So sorry that you are having such difficulties at the moment

    ESA can be reviewed at any time which is why you are having another assessment even though you are appealing the first decision.

    Do you have a supporive GP who can provide you with evidence to support your claim ?
    Do you claim PIP ?

    Please have a look at the info on this site and come back with your questions

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @wrendoe, and welcome! I'm so sorry to hear that things are difficult at the moment. Keep us updated with your claim and we'll do what we can to support you. 
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @wrendoe

    A very very big welcome to our community/family.

    I’m very very sorry to hear about your current problems.

    Please please let me know if there’s anything that I can help / support you with ????

  • wrendoewrendoe Member Posts: 3 Connected
    Well it appears that dwp made a mistake and put thro ‘recommence claim’ as a ‘new’ claim.
    now to concentrate on tribunal 9th. The friend who said she would come with me has forgotten she said she would
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm so sorry to hear that @wrendoe. I hope you find some consolation in knowing that many members of our community have had similar experiences and are here to support you. You may also find Scope's guidance on appealing a DWP decision useful when preparing for your appeal.
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