"I'm Just An Emotional Wreck Constantly:” Single Mother Di

"I'm Just An Emotional Wreck Constantly:” Single Mother Diagnosed With Cancer Is Disheartened By Government Policies As She Might Be Denied Her Pension

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March 20, 2019 11:02 By Mambee

Government benefits go a long way in changing people’s lives for good. However, when a change in government policy brings an end to such aids, things go awry. This was the case of a single mother who has Hodgkin's lymphoma and is about to be stripped of her pension.

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Facts about  Hodgkin's lymphoma

According to Mayo Clinic, Hodgkin's lymphoma is a tumor of the lymphatic system. It can affect anybody but it is often detected in people between 20 to 40 years, and those above 55.

Symptoms include painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin area, night sweats, severe itching, persistent fatigue and pain in lymph nodes after drinking.

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The cause of this disease is uncertain. However, affected patients have a chance of surviving because it has a cure.

Anna Grubb’s heartwrenching story

Anna Grubb, who is currently going through a rough patch due to her illness, was recently served with a $2,000 robodebt notice. The 26-year-old single mother has Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing treatment.

"I'm Just An Emotional Wreck Constantly:” Single Mother Diagnosed With Cancer Is Disheartened By Government Policies As She Might Be Denied Her PensionACurrentAffair9 / Twitter

With her ongoing medical treatments, Anna hasn't been able to secure a stable job, which gives Centrelink, an Australian government program, the right to take away her benefits.

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Unfortunately, Centrelink cannot provide a disability support pension to help her because the disease has a cure. Grubb is stuck with zero income and assistance during this emotionally and financially difficult time.

"I'm Just An Emotional Wreck Constantly:” Single Mother Diagnosed With Cancer Is Disheartened By Government Policies As She Might Be Denied Her PensionACurrentAffair9 / Twitter

Chemotherapy causes patients to be emotionally unstable, and coupled with this news, Grubb has been devastated. She told A Current Affair:

"It's just ridiculous and hard and stressful. It just puts so much more stress that I don't need, I'm trying to get better, not worse."

A Current Affair and Victoria Legal Aid are actively seeking a solution to this situation in court. Thanks to their involvement, Centrelink has extended Grubb’s robodebt payment deadline and will look over her application for the disability support pension again.

Opinions of people about this situation

It is true what they say, ‘a problem shared is half-solved.’ Since the sad news was shared on Twitter, helpful tips have surfaced in the comment section. It was motivating to see that people stood up for Grubb.

We commend A Current Affair and Victoria Legal Aid for their continuous battle against the government's inconsideration. Hopefully, things will get better for Grubb.

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