The PIP Verdict arrives through my letterbox……..

Not sure if you remember my PIP ordeal….I was awarded PIP 5 years ago, a few months after being diagnosed, then it was taken away from me 1 year later and the process of appealing was soul destroying so I let them win……here’s the detail from back then in 2016…

Well in the last few months I decided it was time to make a stand again and reapply. It was really the principle I was fighting for. I had sooo much support on line, some from people I’d never met, for which I was so grateful.

The first appointment, after getting myself into a state, was a ‘no show’ on their behalf, which was, once again, very stressful…..

Here’s what happened on that occasion……

…..but my daughter rang and they immediately gave her another appointment a month later…..

Here’s what happened when someone did arrive…..

It felt a lot more positive but I knew from past experience that nothing should be taken for granted as they appear to be a law unto themselves when decisions are made….

 Bizarrely, the day I saw the postie coming up my path with a brown envelope in his hand  I clapped him through the window not knowing what he’ was delivering, but just to thank him for continuing to work…..when I saw what it was, my heart thumped again and for a few seconds just held it in my hands and stared at it…..before opening it, heart In my mouth…..and ready for another appeal, another battle……

I read it and reread it…..and this time, thankfully, they awarded me both payments without argument …just as it should be….”Feeling relieved” doesn’t express the intensity of the emotion I felt…

Makes you wonder, whether the person who denied me last time stating, I was ‘getting better’ is still employed by them….😔🤔….

It now says they won’t contact me again until 2030 so at least it’s all over, unless governments change the rules again….I can’t tell you what a relief it is to gain acknowledgment of the effect of my dementia…….and, people with dementia, once awarded, should never have to go through it again….but then that’s another battle for another time…..



About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

40 thoughts on “The PIP Verdict arrives through my letterbox……..

  1. This is awful Wendy. So glad you get the outcome you so deserve. May I say that I have read your posts for months now and always enjoy them. Lots of love x

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  2. Fantastic news wendy.
    One less thing to worry about. Well done for your tenacity in such trying times. I am sure your success will spur others on!! Take care and stay safe xxx

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  3. Oh Wendy, that is good news! I know, as I am sure you do, that there are many injustices in this country when it comes to our ” benefits system”. I understand the trauma that this has caused you but I am sure you will appreciate that “going public” as you have done will inspire others.”Inspirational” doesn’t cover it! Well done!

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  4. Well done Wendy and your daughters for persevering with such an emotional issue. Let’s hope that you have paved the way for many more following you.

    If only you had something to plan, somewhere to talk, in a room full of people – all the things you still do so brilliantly to help and support others. Stay safe in this very weird time.

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  5. Well done for persevering. You should have got it years ago and guess they haven’t back dated the payments! Shame you can’t go out to celebrate.

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  6. Great news Wendy at long last. “Getting better “ hmmmph obviously that individual hasn’t got a scooby!! It has been such an unnecessary stress for you. Take great care and love to you and

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  7. Absolute disgrace! Do your daughters know how to set up an online petition?
    I’m sure with an explanation at the top and an invitation to sign, you would get a huge response.
    You are a fight of the first degree Wendy. This must be your new battle. Don’t let blighters get away with it. Or, send us your address and ask for letters of support to come to you with details of who to address it to, and we’ll happily oblige.

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    1. It’s ok Carol…I included all the history links to help people understand the journey I’ve been on….now it’s finally been reinstated, so luckily no battle needed…x


  8. My mam was awarded pip for 18months after been diagnosed with breast cancer however after 6 months sent for an assessment then been seen by a man who used to be an army medic was awarded nothing she didn’t get 1 point stated my mam went to appointment on her own she didn’t my dad was with cos she was clean and tidy and spoke well said it wasn’t a serious enough illness and she didn’t need it. I give up

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