Chronically ill being stalked and denied benefits

Stalked and denied benefits BLOG

On this day last year something very wrong and so unfair came to my attention: People with disabilities, who are deemed unfit for work by doctors and occupational health assessors, are being denied benefits because of their Internet activity. They’re being stalked, not only online, but in real life too!

In this post I will elaborate on some of my thoughts I’d shared online at the time. My heart goes out to anybody who has suffered unnecessarily due to such corruption in the benefits systems, not only here in the UK, but abroad too. I have spent some time in various international support groups online over the years since the onset of my ME/CFS and was shocked to read about people’s experiences of surveillance through windows and being followed.

This means that if the chronically ill applicant dares venture out and is spotted, it could seriously affect their applications for benefits. This is simply wrong on so many levels.

Does this mean that since we are unable to work due to illness, we also no longer have the right to live? No longer have the right to enjoy a rare occasion out or join social media so we can connect with the outside world without the negative consequences of going out and exerting too much? Despite the discomfort and pain we will endure during and after the activity anyway.Continue reading

Being declared unfit for work

The day I lost my job BLOG

I love Facebook memories. Each day you wake up to find a lovely look back at how much things have changed over the past year. Some people find this depressing or sad, but I love looking back. I don’t find it sad, I find it interesting and I enjoy being reminded of all I’ve made it through and how far I’ve come.

Even if I am still very ill and inactive, much has changed through the years, but it’s only with these reminders that I remember what I’ve gone through, what I’ve tried, what has worked and what hasn’t. It’s a great way to re-evaluate and keep track of things.Continue reading

Blogmas 2017 Christmas Tag!

Blogmas 2017 Christmas Tag

One of the things I love about blogging are all the community events. Things like monthly challenges, link-ups and interviews. Holiday link-ups are always fun!

I stumbled upon this fun Christmas link-up on the first of December after I'd already started writing my gift guide and my brain was thoroughly fried, so I have decided to take my time with it and just post it whenever I'm done.

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Gift guide: what to buy for your chronically ill friends, part 3

Gift Guide, What to buy for chronically ill friend, ChronicallyHopeful

I'm so excited to share this third part of my spoonie gift guide, I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am! I know it's Christmas season now at the time of writing this, but these gifts would be great for birthday presents or a house warming gift too. This series will continue to grow as I think of other cool gift ideas, watch this space! 

If you've missed any of my other gift guides, you can find them all here. Happy browsing!

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Summertime Christmas in Africa

Christmas in Africa BLOG

When people think of Christmas, they think of snow, father Christmas or Santa Claus, Pine trees and funky Christmas sweaters. We also think about the birth of Jesus and the whole reason for the season. What many people don’t realise is that people on the other half of the planet celebrate Christmas during Summer!

I was one of these people. I was born and raised in South Africa where it’s Summer in December and Winter in July. Our school year started in January and ended the following December. I found it very strange to arrive in Italy as an adult to see that the other half of the world works very differently, but that’s for another blog post. Today I will focus on my Summertime Christmases in Africa.Continue reading

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