View Full Version : Freaking out for the next few days

06-17-2010, 11:17 AM

I am going to be freaking out for the next 2-5 days or more. I applied for BC income assistance and today I went in and handed in all the documents they wanted me to collect. As the man who was taking in the papers went through them, he seemed rather picky.
Remember I posted saying I was quitting my job because it was just way too much for me to handle and I was in so much pain? I guess this could be my fault but on my record of employment, my ex boss put in the code that I simply quit, and no other reason, when I told her I needed to quit because the job was too hard on me and no good for my condition, so the man at the office told me she should have put an illness or injury code in, and that there is a 60 day waiting penalty for people who quit their jobs. WELL, when I had my phone interview a couple days earlier to get information from me, the woman on the phone TOLD ME, that I would need a medical note in order to get by that 60 day penalty, so I would be excused from that AND also from having to look for work. So WHY is the guy at the desk being such an asshole? Maybe because it's just hit job or something? I mean I feel for these people I don't want to be mean I KNOW what it's like to get bitched at by people I worked in retail for 3 years.
Also, I've been on unemployment insurance already before, and the only reason I even went back to that barn job twice was because I was freaking out and I couldn't find another job during the entire time I was on EI, and it was about to run out, I had a couple weeks left and then I'd have NO money coming in at all. So I went back to work with her and ONLY accumulated 539 more insurable hours, which I phoned and listened to the computer at their office and found out that its not enough hours to get medical benefits or regular benefits, so that's why I turned to provincial income assistance.

I just...I have NO money left, I have bills to pay, medication to pay for, food to pay for, and if I get denied, which I really don't understand why I would be but that's always a possibility, I will be devastated. I'm SICK and I HATE HATE HATE how hard it is to get the help I, and everybody else suffering right along with me deserve!!! If I could work I'D DO IT!!!

Sorry for yelling I am just REALLY upset and who knows I could be for no reason but for over the days I wait for their decision, I'm going to be in a major panic.


06-17-2010, 11:21 AM
Oh and as for the disability part, I will not get federabl disability because I am too young and I have not worked enough or paid enough into it to qualify. So I had to look into provincial and the ONLY way I can get provincial disability is to be on income assistance (welfare) first. It's freaking ridiculous...

06-17-2010, 12:07 PM
hi lauri my name is annmarie and i am new to this .i was wondering what is provincial?

06-17-2010, 12:56 PM
I live in Canada, we have provinces and not states. Each has their own provincial government, so when I say provincial it means I am working with my provinces government instead of the entire government of Canada.

Welcome to the board 8) My name is Tanya, not Lauri, this specific section is just called Lauri's Lounge.

06-17-2010, 05:57 PM
You have every right to be frustrated and angry. I guess it does not matter where you live, being sick and trying to get help is like running through a razor blade maze!! I am so sorry that you are having such a difficult time. Did you have the note from your doctor with you at the time of your appointment with the BC official?? If so, like you I don't understand why he made those comments.

I do hope that you are approved and that you get some help. Remember that we are here for you and that it is perfectly OK to voice your anger and frustration here!

Peace and Blessings

06-17-2010, 06:13 PM
Yep when I went there after my phone interview to pick up the information package they had for me that explained everything I needed to start collecting to bring it, it had the medical note, a piece of paper prepared by welfare, for me to take to my doctor and fill out, so it's really confusing since that woman told me that this note would also get me past that 60 day penalty besides letting me skip looking for work. I remember her name so if they decline me I'm bringing her into it.

06-21-2010, 03:13 PM
Yes, I agree; if they deny you make sure that you give them all of this information as well as her name. I wish you the very best!

Peace and Blessings

06-21-2010, 04:35 PM
I am so sorry you are going through this. I truly hope you get approved. I was telling someone today that people who make decisions about our medical problems put us through so much crap, it seems like they hope we will give up and just say "forget it". Fight for what you want and need. If you make enough noise, someone will hear you (I hope).

06-21-2010, 09:24 PM
You bet I will, thanks guys.

It's really hard to get on welfare these days...When I was down there waiting, all I saw around me were people who were dirty, or missing teeth and wearing ripped clothing or who smelled of weed, and they were picking up cheques. I'm not trying to be a lazy person, I'm just trying to get some help so I can get my life somehow in order, because I just can't work right now, I may look healthy on the outside but rip me open and it's not a pretty sight. They should be doing what they are here for, to get me on assistance so I can pay my rent and feed myself, and then maybe get me into some sort of program that will re-train me to do a new job if I can't get disability, plus I'm so young I really don't want my life to put on the brakes so quickly at least.
There's provincial disability that get's added onto regular assistance once you are on it, boosting you from $610 a month to $902, but it's still an insult, and I think I am not "disabled" enough to qualify anyway by the looks of what I read in the information package, but I'm going to try anyway, not to rob this money out of someone elses hands, but just...I struggle with this every day, whether or not to decide what I deserve, because the fact of having RA (Lupus, RA, Sjogrens, whether I have just 1 or all 3 I still don't know yet) is accepting that it's going to progress, that's just the way it is, and that's what makes me worry about my future. Yes I know there are plenty of medicines, but there's still no cure for lupus, sjogrens, RA, or any AI disease.

Heh and last I checked, RA was the leading cause of disability in Canada and the US. Yet it's still not taken seriously, how does that make sense? Who knows.

Hope they call me soon, it kills me waiting on pins and needles like this, I need money or I'm going to have to throw myself back into any job again and I know for certain it'll knock me right back off my feet again.

06-24-2010, 07:47 PM
Still waiting for an answer, maybe I am expecting one too quickly, I gave all the information they wanted last week thursday, and I still have not received a phone call about the decision. But I'm walking on pins and needles and majorly stressing out while I wait...Trying to calm down and carry on but it's pretty difficult considering I am the type to worry, and worry BADLY.

I know there are many that abuse the system and that's why they have cracked down and made the rules almost impossible to be eligible now, I mean even the car I own could make me ineligible because apparently you are not allowed to own a vehicle that is worth more than $5000 or else you are expect to sell it and live off that money and then go back and apply again. The thing is, my car is worth maybe 10 grand, but I bought it new for 19 grand and am now upside down in the loan, so even if I sold the car, I would not make any profit what so ever because all the money would go to paying off the loan and I'd STILL have to take out another loan to pay off the remainder of the debt. I've been researching like crazy incase I am denied so I have strong footing for my appeal. So if they try to tell me that my vehicle has stopped me from being eligible, then they are full of shit. THINGS HAPPEN, I wasn't "planning" on being diagnosed with an INCURABLE, CRIPPLING, and PROGRESSIVE AI disease thank you very much, and I'm pretty darn sure that if the same thing happened to one of these people who make these decisions, that they would go the exact same route I am.
But still, I know there are people who abuse the system, and then there are people who do not, and there are people who are sick and need help like me, facts show that people with RA stop working all together as early as 5 years after their diagnosis, and I'm already nearing the end of year 2 and am not "getting better", that'll never happen. I'd like to work...But I am in too much pain, suffer from too much fatigue, it just makes it nearly impossible.
Sorry for my ranting, and I'll be even more sorry if I do get accepted, I'm just going insane while I wait, and getting really upset with how messed up this government has become, it used to be much better. Gordon Campbell and the liberals need to go.

06-28-2010, 04:06 PM
Finally got back to me and made the decision to put me on assistance after I bugged them for 2 days straight. I can't believe I had to fight so hard to get a measly $610 a month, its not even worth it for healthy people, they're better off just taking any job they can find, it'll pay more, but for me, I just can't do that so I'm glad I'm on...But what a nightmare, and it will still be a headache being on this as they'll be watching my bank account like a hawk, crazy.

06-29-2010, 09:59 AM
I am glad that you finally got approved. I know the amount is not much and, yes, they will be watching your finances like a hawk. They want to make sure that you do not prosper or do well....it is their intent to make sure that you remain just at or below the poverty level.
OK..don't get me started on government assistance of any kind!!
I bet the process is a nightmare and one that many just give up on. I'm glad that you stuck it out. Now, try not to stress so much and try to allow yourself some rest. OK?

Peace and Blessings

06-30-2010, 05:00 PM
Yeah thanks, I'm trying but I am still stressed, very stressed and I've run this way for as long as I can remember. I'm glad that one part is over, now the next step is to tell my car so I can pay back the loan. Whatever is in my account stays there until its taken out for bills, and nothing else can do in either, so I'll just do what everyone on the system does, live off some cash too.

Oi oi oi...