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A Positive Step

Finally, things are going in some direction I want. I got confirmation this week thhat I’ve been awarded Employment Support Allowance, which for the first few weeks is the same as JSA but then it’s 100quid a week and being on ESA makes me eligable for things like Housing Benefit, free scripts and a reduced rate on any courses I decide to do. I’m getting a lovely back payment on Monday of about £380 which will be a welcome addition to my bank account considering the past few months I’ve had very little money. I’m going to give some money to Bobby who’s putting me up, and I’m gonna spend some money on books and clothes and save some.

Next Friday I’m going to Newcastle with the Red cross for the Great North run which I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be my first mega big duty I’ve been to and my first weekend away with people not family, so it will be a good test as to how people react to my asthma on a more in depth basis. Because we’ll be staying over, they’ll see me doing all my meds, physio etc. Also I run the risk of them seeing me unwell which is slightly scaring me but that’s something I’ll cross if the need arises. As far as I know I’m sharing a room with two people I really trust so I’ll probably just explain to them. But it does depend on who I’m sharing with. I have a fear I’m sharing with a friend called Dini who’s a in her last year of medical school! I’m doooooomed! That and if I end up sharing with Andrea, we’ll be having a nightly wheeze off.

I’m really looking forward to the weekend though and here’s hoping it passes without incident!