"I'm Just An Emotional Wreck Constantly:” Single Mother Diagnosed With Cancer Is Disheartened By Government Policies As She Might Be Denied Her Pension
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.
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.
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.
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.
26-year-old Anna is raising a young daughter alone and has cancer, but trying to get help from Centrelink is just proving to cause more stress. #9ACA | WATCH: https://t.co/CDhsDPGHaQ pic.twitter.com/26GhE8Aya0— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) March 11, 2019
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.
Put her on sickness pension- doctor can over ride Centrelink on that- no jobs to look for- let her concentrate on her health and surviving— KAREN Mcdonald (@KAZMAC2) March 11, 2019
Centrelink over-rules doctors all the time.— Anti-Poverty Network SA (@AntiPovertyN_SA) March 12, 2019
But yes, a medical certificate for an exemption is something someone in her position should be accessing — but why has that not been offered to her by the people treating to breach her and take her payments?
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.