By Ann Innes in The ME Association.
I’m Ann Innes, consultant welfare rights adviser to the ME Association and formerly to Stockport ME Group.
I run a private service to support people throughout the claims process, from benefit entitlement checks, application, preparing for the face-to-face assessment and attending as an advocate, all the way through to mandatory reconsideration and representation at appeal.
I developed Severe M.E. and was completely reliant on personal assistants for every aspect of my care, lost the ability to read and was confined to my bed for 75% of my day. This degree of impairment continued for around 7 to 8 years.
It has given me not only understanding of the condition but the ability to ask the right questions around symptoms and functional ability to be able to apply the benefits regulations to M.E.
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