I look back to my teens i hadn't even left school and i was working on a farm, i left school and started working as a working life , it was hard work, 80+ hours a week for £2 a hour, i was paying 40% tax on that, it doesn't take too much to work out what i took home after tax & national insurance.
But I was really paying a higher price for being employed, Agriculture is/was/is Chemical intensive, there was a million quids worth of chemicals stored about the farm to ensure crops grew just as the housewife wanted them to pick off the super market shelves.
I off course didn't figure much in costs, there was no health n safety, you could either do the job or someone else would, part of my 80+ hours a week was spraying off potato dumps with what is a nerve agent, the plants i was spraying would die off before my eyes(what was it doing too me?) around the farm to ensure disease (the irony) was kept at bay. the chemicals ran down my back, i breathed it in, i ingested it through the pores of my skin, on the hot sunny days of my youth.
When elections come round every 5 yrs or so, We are told do the right thing, work hard, and the government will look after You from the cradle to the grave, So when we arrive at the point we are , we do the right thing, we visit the Doctor that's the right place to go, to get Answers, maybe we will get a fix, a cure, and are able to continue to do the right thing, work hard, we got the answer that we cant work hard anymore eventually the illness becomes hard work, we don.t get a break from it, its a 24 hr 365 days a year Job.
So we do the right thing in applying for help to help us, it's what we worked for so many years before.
And then as you know from experience we are Judged,labelled, put in a group,made out to be frauds, stigmatised & demonised.