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Fairer outcomes for the Disability Support Pension to be granted to Fibromyalgia Sufferers

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Please support Fibromyalgia Sufferers to be granted a fairer and more positive outcome in applying for the DSP (Disability Support Pension). Fibromyalgia sufferers endure severe and debilitating widespread chronic pain, chronic fatigue and up to, or surpassing 50 plus health symptoms associated directly to Fibromyalgia. These symptoms impact their daily lives significantly. Fibromyalgia is an insidious and debilitating illness. The direct cause is yet unknown as is the treatment for Fibromyalgia as the majority of sufferers are unresponsive to pain medications/relief and therapies. Fibromyalgia can and does affect tens of thousands of Aussie's and millions world wide. People who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia need to be granted a fairer outcome when applying for the DSP Disibility Support Pension without having to go through the often degrading experiences of feeling disbelieved because Fibromyalgia looks like an invisible illness to those who oversee the decision making process. The process needs to be easier and the outcome positive and practical for the many people who need this assistance. Women are mostly affected by Fibromyalgia but so are Men and Children. Many have already or are close to losing their livelihood, income, homes, family, friends, self esteem and are isolated by Fibromyalgia, some people are already talking about having to live in their cars and have already lost too much. Sadly there are People with Fibromyalgia who suicide as a way out of their pain and a solution to having lost their livelihood, family, friends, homes. The ability to function normally is high with Fibromyalgia, many who struggle and who have lost significant mobility to perform normal daily tasks such as walking, showering, dressing, moving, getting out of bed, functioning at a level of capacity that is ok. Ask a Fibromyalgia sufferer what they would prefer? Sufferers would unanimously cry out that they choose the LIFE they had prior to Fibromyalgia they would unequivocally chose to work, walk, shower, dress, move, function, be an active person, parent, partner and community member than to be on no income or a limited income which affects not only themselves but their families and their basic level of living. To lose your health and suffer in such debilitating pain and fatigue, then be told you don't qualify for Disibility support pension is a death knell to many Fibromyalgia sufferers, they have no hope or support. Qualifying more easily for DSP won't help to alleviate the physical pain from Fibromyalgia per say. What it will do is help with the emotional and daily hardships faced by sufferers unable to cope without financial assistance or means of support. The Distress of the process for application of the DSP includes the communication a Fibromyalgia sufferer has with their own Doctors to write the appropriate words in their diagnose to satisfy the assessor for Centrelink. This is one reason that causes Fibromyalgia sufferers to be denied the DSP. The line of ambiguity that exists is difficult for many medical professionals and the Patient to navigate? Many people are too ill, tired or isolated and can't or don't know how to advocate for themselves in this situation. This type of emotional distress can and does induce extreme flares ontop of the already debilitating full body pain that most experience. I suffer with Fibromyalgia, in understanding of the pain, suffering and loss which is too much, I am asking you to sign this petition on behalf of all those who feel they do not have a voice, are isolated, lonely, destitute and feel hopelessness. Please accept my advanced Gratitude for signing, Thankyou.


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