I had a job with a good salary, I was healthy and happy. I followed media and would hear people grumbling about benefits.
And in my head I would shout 'don't like it get a job'! Yes, I was 'one of those'.
In 2007 everything changed, rapidly. By 2009 I was unable to work. My physical disability did not sit well with me, this wasn't me, this wasn't going to be me. I was determined to get better,
I have had to fight and endure the humiliation of justifying my existence and literally beg for help from the state
Having to apply for benefits is demeaning, it's degrading, it's humiliating and please believe me when I say the majority would choose work and dignity
It could never happen to me (laugh). What a bloody fool I was.
Not scroungers, cheats, scum - human beings and their but for a different set of circumstances is could be you.
My naivety, stupidity, ignorance. I own it.