Post-Brain Tumour Survival Fund

I am currently only 12 months in to a 24 month recovery period, following two life changing brain operations and radiotherapy for a brain stem tumour which they couldn't remove and I have to learn to live with.

This has left me feeling like an alien in my own body, having to relearn most things that people would normally take for granted.

Symptoms include permanent double vision, memory loss, confusion, extreme anxiety, depression, nausea, limited mobility, insomnia, tinnitus  facial paralysis amongst many others. Adapting to changes has been stressful at least. I have been waiting all this time for rehab therapy too which is just not happening. 

Despite all this the DWP have kindly decided to stop my ESA for almost 3 months now (for moving in to a place more suitable for recovery with my partner),  regardless of working 16 hours a week from leaving hospital in August last year. 

As it stands, I have almost spent any savings I had from when was not ill and losing Esa means we no longer get housing benefit or council tax reduction, its turning a living nightmare. 

Things are beginning to get desperate now and I am very limited to what I can do, leaving me the option of working from home or nothing else. Yet I'm constantly put on hold, made to fill in forms, hand in evidence and it all amounts to nothing. 

This campaign will help towards startup costs on a new business as I am forced into earning my own way from this point and will hopefully also see me through the next couple of months rent and bills. 

Anything you can donate would be appreciated, I am not one to sit around and be lazy but circumstances have put me into a corner I am struggling to get out of. Your contribution will be appreciated and never forgotten. 

Even kind words will lift my spirits as I'm being knocked down time and time again. 

Thanks :)


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Karl Riley New 
Bolton, North West England, United Kingdom