.I am 45 years old and I have had my MS diagnosed for 9 years,
My older sister has also got MS and has always felt guilty that her baby sister is more severe than her ( silly sausage)
Anyway, I have been working in a call centre for the last 4 years part time but the people that own the company have no knowledge or interest in MS and to be honest, it has been nice to be seen as one of the girls.
Unfortunately my Mum passed away at christmas and as work was short staffed was told to come in.
I obviously wasnt concentrating and made a mistake which resulted in a disciplinery.
I took some compassionate leave as I felt that my head was going to explode.
What with that and other tragic news, I struggled with life until May, where my gp signed me off with stress and anxiety
Since being off, I am having mobiltity issue's with my hands and what appears to be a bulging disc (c4) cannot be operated on as it is a MS issue.
I walk with a stick and a fes and even though I am undergoing physio with a cartledge issue (tear and cyst) , I am still walking and I know that I am very lucky.
I would really appreciate advice on how do I cope financially and emotionally please.
As I have been working, I am still getting tax credits until my ssp stops.
I was told by cab that my employee can get 'rid' of me after 12 weeks on medical grounds?????
Does anyone know if this is true?
We have also been told by DWP that we cannot get carer's allowance as my partner works and earns more than £20k .
I feel awful as I read some other posts before posting this but I want to be honest and say that I do have savings and therefore believe that I have to have less than £16k before many benefits will be paid.
I only have these savings due to Industrial injury where I tripped and the injury resulted in major spine surgery,
In the 2 months that I have been off, I am shocked by the impact of the depression and isolation and am so scared for the future..
We are trying to get an interest only mortgage as present but finding it challenging.
I am pretty sure that I am having a flare up as my eye sight, mobility issue's have become worse.
If anyone can give me any advice on benefits, mortgages etc, I will be soooo grateful.
I just want to get better and I know that when I feel stronger that I will definately be going out of my way in making sure that people that are at home all day for whatever reason - ill health, finance issue's etc will be visited and have some company and cuddles and giggles.
Thank you and I apologise in advance if my post is too heavy.