Give Multiple Myeloma Patients a Fair Go Centrelink!

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Multiple Myeloma (MM) is an incurable cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. It causes a host of organ problems, and symptoms often include debilitating pain, bone fractures, extreme fatigue, kidney failure, nerve damage and susceptibility to infection. Cancer cells may build up in the bone marrow and put pressure on bones, nerves, muscles, and other tissues in different parts of the body. Often their mental state becomes increasingly confused; most likely due to hypercalcaemia which is a common side effect.

The prognosis for myeloma is only fair. Whilst every case is different, the median survival rate is just 3 years and whilst some can live for quite a while (by MM terms) many can be much less than that.

Yet Centrelink consider that debilitating pain, incurable cancer, and a life cut cruelly short are insufficient grounds to qualify for a pension. They will be asked to look for work  in between hospital visits, chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, nausea, and debilitating bouts of pain ...

These are not people who are trying to rort the system - these are people who have worked hard all their lives and are now living with a cruelly painful, incurable disease that has robbed them of their future.  Please petition Centrelink to give these people a pension so that they can focus on spending what little time they have left with their loved ones and focus on getting through another day. 



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