My name is Suzy and I am asking for your help for my baby girl Rachel. She may be 47 but she will always be my baby. I had three children but I have lost a boy and a girl over the past 20 years and I am terrified of losing my now only child.
She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer last october. She had to have a mastectomy and has been having Chemotherapy since then. Like myself she suffers from fibromyalgia so its been very difficult for her to cope with the treatment but I am so proud of her.
She has had such inner strength up until now though I know she is scared about not making the next five years. She has been on disability benefits since 2012 as she suffers from chronic fatigue and terrible pain plus all the other symptoms fibromyalgia brings, breathing difficulties for example.
She was advised to inform the PIP and the DWP of her cancer in October as it was a change in her circumstances. She received a letter regarding her assessment 2 weeks ago. I was horrified to learn that they have taken her mobility component away. Regardless of the fact she has mobility problems. There was no mention of her cancer or fibromyalgia in her report.
She has spent the previous year at least battling with an earlier benefit cut decision that involved her sitting in front of a panel. She poured her heart out but they refused to award her points for being unable to cook or prepare food even though they accepted she was being truthful. They insist she uses an aid. She will have to appeal which if its anything like last time will take another year.
Her wonderful partner of 30 years who is also her carer, does all the shopping and cooking as she suffers from cognitive dysfunction and cannot for her own safety use the cooker or go anywhere near objects that could cause her injury.
I did not imagine that things were going to get worse for her. I am disgusted with the benefits system and how unfair it has been to Rachel and many others that have suffered because of their actions. She has become very depressed. It broke me when I found out she was feeling suicidal. I understand why but the thought of losing my remaining child fills me with despair. I am on a very low income and cannot help her so here I am asking for your help.
She is starting a course of EC chemotherapy this week. So in eights weeks her treatment will be finished. As her mobility has been stopped she no longer has a mobility scooter. She uses a walking stick but if she wanted to go more than a mile she needs a scooter. She doesn’t need much to keep her happy but having what independence she had taken away from her is a blow. I was hoping with your help to be able to get her a mobility scooter asap for her birthday in a few weeks and for after her treatment finishes maybe a weekend away in Wales would be amazing as they haven't had any break in 8 years.
If you could help in any way I would be so happy and grateful.
Thank you ever so much. Suzy.