I've just had the papers through for my ESA tribunal and also the report that my GP has written.
The report seems to me to be very easy to read and sraight to the point, much medical jargon. She has put in things that I didn't think of, like the fact that I have tried to go back to work several times in the last 2 years, but have had to give up, also she said that the consultants have not finished treatment. She also says that I'm still having complex tests and I am still under several hospital departments and have had surgery, she says that I am still having assessments and treatment for pain control! She also says that I have been found unfit to do any kind of work by an NHS doctor, with a qualification in Occupational Health!!! One of the things that she says is that the appeal procedure has effected my mental health and I am on anti depressants, which had to be increased during this time. Also, she mentions that the medication I am on makes me sleepy and less able to focus!!! (I'll use that one when I forget something I'm supposed to tell my husband
All this has made me feel that I should go forward with my appeal. I think I was having a bad time at the weekend, when everything seemed too much to contemplate. Also, if I really feel I can't do it, the appeal can go ahead without me. I know this makes it harder to have the decission changed, but I'm more interested in having a way out of going to what feels like a court.
Win or loose, the only way of changing things is to challenge them and for my own respect I need to do this. Thats my feeling at the moment.
Sorry, this is a long post, but I thought some of you may remember all the other things I've said and you have all given me so much support, that I feel supported by people who are either going through the same process or have been thee. I'll shut up now!
Thank you all, love Sue xxx