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"I developed a headache and after a week or so and a couple of doctor visits I was taken to A&E and told I had a brain tumour. I was taken to Queens Hospital where I had surgery and found out later I had GBM stage 4. I've had radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Being self employed this had a big impact on our income. The fatigue is the hardest part, however I have also lost some vision and the feeling in my fingers"
"The Macmillan Team helped me with the financial bits which has taken the pressure off my wife and in turn me. I've never had benefits before and was unaware of the paper work or where to go. They arranged for the PIP forms to be sent out. They met with us and helped us by filling out the necessary paperwork. They explained what the questions were asking and they followed up to check if we had heard back. They told us to call if we needed any help in the future."
The Welfare Benefits Officer first assisted the client in February 2018 with a full benefit check and advice on the options available, this helped to alleviate the client's financial concerns. The officer then met with the client and assisted with a making a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim on their behalf. The PIP application was successful and by July 2018 the client was awarded their PIP payment backdated to February 2018. The client was very pleased with this positive outcome and the professional advice provided by the team who kept in touch every step of the way.
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We will hold your story on our stories library for two years but will contact you every few months to check your details are still correct or if anything has changed.
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