A couple of months ago I was watching I’m A Celeb on ITV and one of the celebrities taking part was Anne Hegarty, better known as The Governess from The Chase. I didn’t know that Anne has autism and that she wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood either.
Anne being on the show was a fantastic voice for adults who are living with autism. We saw her at her worst, breaking down because she was completely separated from all the creature comforts she needs in her life to be able to function, but we also saw her as the intelligent, funny lady that she is. I identified with the way she described what it felt like to be her and how she lives her life. I wanted to know more.
Anne seemed to have a hard time coping with her autism before she became famous and she seems to have been lucky that someone stepped in to help her and she got her life on track. One bit of information really stuck out for me. PIP.
I had heard of PIP before so knew a little bit about it. PIP is almost the same as disability alllowance but I hadn’t realised you can also apply for PIP regardless of employment status. This felt like fantastic news for me, someone who struggles financially because of the limitations autism places on me.
The first step to PIP is ringing up for a form to fill out. Ah. There’s the first brick wall. I have had this information for over a month now and still haven’t been able to bring myself to call. There is an option to email but you have to explain why you’re unable to call and ‘because I don’t like talking on the phone to people’ doesn’t feel like a good enough reason.
But, if it wasn’t for Anne, I wouldn’t have known that I may be eligible for PIP. Other people struggling may also be able to qualify for it as well. If you’re struggling because of any hidden conditions https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits/what-are-personal-independence-payments-pip/how-do-i-claim-pip/ will give you all the information you need, including a step by step guide to filling the form out.