Well, she has just received the second official denial. Reasons given are as follows: #1. She moved to a remote location and is not receiving the recommended treatment. #2 That she has not seen a physician about her unexplained weight loss.
#1. What has actually happened here is that when she was advised by her GP to stop working, we were living in Fort Saint John, in northern BC. I got laid off at that same time and so we left FSJ and went to the south coast and lived on our boat near the pain clinic and she started the process. After 8 months and still no word from CPP I took this job. We need an income and there was no one for her to stay with in Victoria and she cannot maintain the boat on her own.
Her treatment had been scheduled for October but we had to leave at the end of August. They told her to call back in January to reschedule treatment for May, when we were to return. She called, emailed, had our Daughter call several times and were consistently told that they could not schedule yet. In May, they finally scheduled her for another consultation. We both went and the Dr sat there and looked over her test results from the year before. He never suggested that new tests were needed or anything like that. Then he insisted that he could not treat her until November. THIS is the problem. There was no reason they could not have scheduled her for the treatment at that June appointment and THAT’s why she hasn’t received the treatment.
Further on the treatment, from what we can ascertain, the treatment will only treat her herniated disks, not the main problem, which is arthritis and severe calcium build up on one side of her spine. That is what she received the surgery for in 1992 and since 2012 has presented itself again.
As for the weight loss, it has nothing to do with her claim. They might as well cite the fact that she has no hearing in one ear.
They also insist that she could do light duty work on at least a part-time basis. Her last three jobs were part-time and light duty!
They also mentioned that because we are in a remote location, that there is no opportunity for employment. This is not EI or Welfare that we’re talking about, it is a disability pension. Opportunity for employment has no place in the conversation.