GlynnisGlynnis Member Posts: 290
edited October 2019 in Metastatic breast cancer
Hi everyone
I'm sure this has properly been asked before but not sure so here goes. 

I'm 60, have metastatic breast cancer in 3 spots, 2 in spin and 1 in pelvis it's stable on the medications, the medications I take are kisqali, letrozole, blood pressure meds, and cholesterol meds, I also have a kidney stent in. 
Seriously thinking about giving up work at the moment.
My question is how can centrelink help me if I give up work?
Finding I'm getting very tired and am up at least 4 times during the night with the stent.
I work in retail 3  1/2 days a week So 15 hours in total but just feel it's getting a bit much at the moment, so any help would be appreciated, if anyone has been in same position at all.
Thanks all 😀


  • arnlybubarnlybub Member Posts: 15
    Hi Glynnis,

    I'm not in your position but I've found this link which I think is up to date.  As far as I can see you would be entitled to the Disability Support Pension:

    Good luck and I wish you well.
  • GlynnisGlynnis Member Posts: 290
    @arnlybub Thankyou had seen that but still wasn't sure whether I w ass eligible or not Thank you so much for the link have book marked it now 😀
  • Beryl C.Beryl C. Member Posts: 191
    Glynnis if you decide to opt for the disability pension I urge you to find a friend, colleague, someone on this forum to assist you through this process. You may be one of the lucky ones but such procedures can be like going through a maze at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. I also suggest that you take someone with you to all meetings, interviews etc. Centrelink has its own language and culture and they may even override your Dr's or Oncologist's diagnosis and recommendations. Be prepared and use this forum to vent - we all come up against obstacles and at times you may feel as though the world is upside down - vent when necessary! Good luck and make sure you do what is/feels right for you!
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 2,691
    I think @Beryl C.has a fair point. It depends a lot on the person you see, their interpretation of the guidelines and also of your diagnosis. It may also depend on someone’s estimation of your capacity to work, at almost anything. If you can enlist the assistance of someone articulate, tenacious and experienced in bureaucracy, it may help immensely. Best wishes. 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,259
    Do you have superannuation? You may be able to access this earlier due to chronic disease issues. I know people who have done this with arthritis. 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,259
    Also you could start out on sickness benefits which is less, then go onto apply for disability. 
  • Riki_BCNARiki_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 277
    Hello @Glynnis you might find the information about access to superannuation useful in the fact sheet also

  • jennyssjennyss Western NSWMember Posts: 667
    Dear @Glynnis, I really agree with @Beryl C. and others above. The right Centrelink social worker, or hospital social worker might be a good advocate. Would your GP/oncologist be cooperative with Dr certificates if you do need to go down the sickness benefit path for a while? Hope you are having some fun times and relaxation too. 

    from jennyss in Western NSW
  • GlynnisGlynnis Member Posts: 290
    Thank you all, I'm thinking of taking sick leave for the time being yes oncolgist doesn't have a problem giving me a certificate. I also think I was having one of those off days yesterday, got myself worked up and over thought things as we do, today I spoke to my boss cleared the air so we have a new roster starting in  couple weeks so I'll give that time and see what happens there. Yes thought about my super too. At least i now know where to go when im ready, again thankyou all for your advise knew all you ladies would be able to advise 😀😀😀
  • Lisa1407Lisa1407 Elwood, VictoriaMember Posts: 90
    Hi Glynnis
    I have just been successful with getting total disability claim through and early access to my super & life insurance, so be sure to sing out if you want to go down this route as I am happy to help in whatever way I can.

  • GlynnisGlynnis Member Posts: 290
    @Lisa1407 Thank you so much I will certainly keep you in mind for help Thank you again 😀
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