Martine, aged 50, has impairments because of thalidomide, is blind in one eye and partially deaf, can barely walk, will undergo spinal surgery later this year, and has undergone brain surgery. She was assessed as fit for work, though the decision was overturned on appeal. Called for reassessment, she was again found fit for work, a decision upheld at appeal. Martine is now waiting to go for a court hearing to challenge the appeal outcome. She is scared she will be forced to work. She says, “It’s been so much hassle. I know there are a lot of people like me going through this, and it’s just not fair. The extra stress has certainly not been doing me any good. I don’t know what they expect me to do or where they expect me to work. I’m in constant agony now, and it’s not as if my arms are going to grow back. We just want it sorting.”