It’s been a while since my last blog post so if you’re still here following my blog I thank you from the bottom of my heart! 2018 has been a mess so far but things are getting better and I’m ready to make a return to the blogosphere. In this post I’ll be explaining why I’ve had a break, and what’s been going on in my life, so here it goes…
In January I had to have my PIP [personal independence payment] reviewed. Now for those of you that don’t know what that is, simply it’s an independence payment from the government to enable people with illnesses or disabilities to be more independent. It’s something I’d been claiming for nearly three years but upon review they decided I’m not entitled anymore (a mistake they make with far too many people) so, I lost a large chunk of money each month. Already I was stressed beyond belief, finances are my biggest anxiety so I wanted to make sure I was able to pay my bills. Realistically I knew I’d be able to live comfortably, that was until I realised that the decision didn’t only stop my PIP but also meant I wouldn’t be entitled to my my severe disability premium anymore either. Without that additional payment I don’t have enough to pay for my bills, and it’s been hard to deal with. I’ve had to go through the rigmarole of asking for the decision to be reconsidered and now I’m waiting for it to be taken to tribunal. I’m hoping to build a good case because a lot of evidence is incorrect along with half of my diagnosis being missing, but it’s a long process and it’s exhausting trying to balance my bills with what little money I have left. I’ve had to take a step back from a lot of things I was doing such as my driving lessons due to the lack of money and I’ve also had to postpone my correctional surgery for my kyphosis because I simply don’t have the resources to buy the things I need post-op, or the travel to & from appointments post-op. We’re now 2 months into my appeal so hopefully within a few more months I’ll have a date for my tribunal.
Nevertheless things have been getting better despite my ongoing battle with the DWP [department for work and pensions]. I am currently starting a social care course which will be followed by a degree in social work, which is all very exciting since I’ve been out of education/work for 4 years due to my mental health. Granted the courses are both via distance learning but it’s a huge step in the right direction as I can now say I’m ready for the commitment and responsibility now, and I am being proactive whist I continue getting help for my mental health.
Alongside the above I am really dedicated to pursuing my blogging. It’s something I’ve always really enjoyed as a hobby but I feel like I’ve not appreciated it as much as I could’ve. This time around things are different and I’ve improved relationships with people who previously were very much the centre of my blog. I’m able to say that we have both grown as people and been able to draw a line under things and as a result I can use my blog for more than just a ‘bitchfest‘. I hope this will mean much better content for my followers and I can build it up to be something bigger and more beautiful than I have ever imagined.
“She dreamed improbable dreams, followed her heart, and created her own little fairytale.”
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