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Date: 26.10.2010
From: sandra b

Subject: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Ive to write my letter asking to review my DLA being stopped and getting nowhere. Im completely hopeless at letters. Times against me as to be in for Friday. My wrists fingers ankles and toes are burning with pain as I keep doing a line then scribble it out yet again. Why dont these people believe im in agony ? Just gonna get a coffee and biscuit instead !!!
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Date: 26.10.2010
From: Shirley

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Hi Sandra,
The reasons given for turning me down were that 'I can cook a meal for one person as I can sit down whilst preparing it'. To qualify for the care component you have to be able to prepare a meal from raw ingredients such as peel vegetables which I can't! For the mobility allowance they said 'I can walk albeit with some difficulty' so to qualify for this you have to be unable to walk outside. I can walk short distances but haven't walked around a shop for months now! They're getting really tough so if you can get some help from GP, CAB or welfare advisor it'd be worth it as they don't seem to consider the pain and suffering we have to endure to do these basic tasks. Hope this helps and good luck. Shirley x
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Date: 26.10.2010
From: sandra b

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Shirley thank you . A great help. My pains are really bad of late. Think the stress is adding to it. Doctor prescribed antidepresents (just another drug along with remicade tramadol and methx) Just wish these people would target the real frauds and leave us genuine sick alone. Thanks again Shirley for taking time to reply ;-)
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Date: 27.10.2010
From: ScaryFeet

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Sandra
Sorry to hear you are having such a bad time...xx

Can I pick your brain about the Remicade?? Are you having this by infusion?? I'm due to start and I'm a bit scared about the whole process - can you tell me about it???

Thanks loads
xxxxx
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Date: 27.10.2010
From: Shirley

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Hi Sandra, they have re-considered my claim for DLA and turned me down again. Reasons given this time are that I 'can walk outside over 50m' and 'I don't need supervising when walking on unfamiliar routes'. I wouldn't dare walk 50m outside unless I knew there was somewhere to sit at the end of it!!
Also they say although I have difficulty 'I can use a cooker, kitchen tools and carry and lift safely' so I don't need help to prepare a cooked meal. Strange as I clearly stated I can't peel vegetables or lift pans of water?? You have to wonder if they actually read the stuff we send or just churn these letters out regardless?
Hope you have better luck and manage to get some help with the forms. x
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Date: 27.10.2010
From: sandra b

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Scaryfeet : Re remicade,

Yeah i have it thru infusion every 6/8 wks Worked for a while but find the pains are coming back. Alot on the internet about this drug but ive turned a blind eye(bit scarry)
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Date: 29.10.2010
From: Tilly

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Hi Sandra. I would strongly recommend you go to CAB to help fill in forms. There is a way of doing these forms that they are trained for. Im sorry you are having difficulty.
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Date: 29.10.2010
From: sandra b

Subject: Re: Tips on writing my review letter Pleeeeze

Tilly thanks for replying. Its not the form im completeing ive to explain my reasons in writing why my decision they made should be changed. They stopped my DLA stating I could cook a meal and walk ???????????? WISH I COULD
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