So I had a double mastectomy last July, and then chemo over the winter. Last chemo was Jan 9th this year. I’ve just not been right since. I wake up in pain every day, I have to stretch and move about for about 20 minutes before I can get out of bed, and then I hobble about for a good half hour. I can’t change my bed linen without help, I have to go up and down stairs one at a timemost of the time. I can’t open jars. I work three hours for one afternoon a week and I can’t stand for the rest of the day. If I manage to be busy one day, I need to rest for the whole of the next day. Last night I dropped a bottle of water when I was trying to pour it out and it soaked my bed. This morning I dropped a hot mug of tea becasue my grip was so weak If I manage to cope and be a bit normal, for instance fro a social outing, it can take it out of me for several days afterwards. It’s not getting better. I’m weak all over. I need help getting up from being sat down. If I sit at my computer for more than about 20 minutes I have to lie down to recover for another 10 minutes. My hips hurts, my knees are weak, I’m breathless a lot of the time. I’ve spoken to two physiotherapists and my oncologist, who all say this is within normal parameters, and it could take another whole year to get back to something approaching normal. I’ve not received a penny in benefits, I’m living hand to mouth on the sufference and generosity of friends and family. I’ve put my house on the market. I can’t work. I mean, I can work a little bit but it’s has to be at my own pace with no deadlines. I had to hand back some proofreading because I’m just not able to meet the deadline. I’ve got a phone appointment with the GP this afternoon. It suddenly occured to me while I was showering this morning (and struggling to stand up and wash my feet and so forth) that I am disabled. I mean, I am not able. I’ve always been strong and healthy, my stamina has always been good. So all this is not only frustrating and upsetting but also quite a shocker. Does this sound like I could be eligible for some kind of PIP? If there’s a gap in my stamp, will I be able to get PIP?