This issue comes up a lot. People who are clearly having daily challenges NOT being eligible for benefits because they “don’t look sick”.
Or the fear of being caught having a good time on social media and getting a call from your local benefits officer to take back some of the money you’ve gotten in the past.
It’s common for my clients to want to remain anonymous because they don’t want their health improvements made public in case they lose something they deserve.
Take Jimmy-Joe-Joe for example (not his real name). He’s kindly answered a feedback survey I carry out with clients after they complete my programmes, but as you’ll see, he made some pretty good progress so he preferred to remain anonymous so he didn’t get “caught out”. Totally understandable.
Read this all the way to the bottom and tell me whether you think he deserved to have his disability income cut or should be made to feel worried about it.
1. What hesitations did you have about working with me?
A. The only hesitation was if I could afford to do it. Now, with hindsight I because of the benefits, I couldn’t afford not to do it.
2. What results have you achieved since we started working together?
A. I’ve got improved mobility and am able to do certain exercises I couldn’t do before. Due Dom telling me about a special glove for my right hand to use to help lift weights, which I struggled with due to weakness in my right arm.
3. What did you like best about working with me?
A. I liked the way it was set up, with routines for the whole body, with exercises that help improve mobility and strength.
4. How else have you benefited from our work together?
A. It has helped motivate me and helped me focus on improving my health.
5. Would you recommend me and my services? If so, why and to whom?
A. Yes I would, it’s a great way to either get more from exercise or for beginners to be introduced to exercise who don’t know where to start.
6. Is there anything you would have liked to see done differently? If so, what?
A. I like the way it’s set up, and gave me a range of exercises that really helped me so it worked for me as it is. And each routine was just about the right length of time.
7. What’s the most important thing people should know about working with me?
A. People should know that your’e passionate about helping people with Ms to improve themselves. And that you know the best exercises and workouts to improve you, whatever your level of fitness and stage of MS.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
A. I would say to anyone considering doing this, it is a great step forward in improving mobility, fitness and strength that you can do at your own speed. And the weekly calls with Dom are great to keep you motivated and focused. And if you’re struggling he will help find out why, and change your routine is needed.
Now, obviously that’s a lovely testimonial but should he really be scared about losing his benefits? Of course not. I haven’t “cured” his condition and he still faces the same challenges.
He shouldn’t be penalised for feeling better about himself and doing things which will ultimately cost the NHS less in the long run. But the reality is that this is how many of the people I speak to feel.
So it’s a great shame that people are made to feel like this in my opinion. People should be encouraged to do things which will make them feel and function better, but instead there’s motivation to remain as disabled as possible because the government wants to “tighten the belt” on certain budgets.
We should be allowed to celebrate good health without the worry of impending poverty.
p.s. click here for a link to the hand grip that i recommended for Jimmy-Joe-Joe
OR click here if you would like a talk to me about a programme for yourself
This is my “why haven’t you booked a call?” face.