The Spoonie Student

A Flexible Approach to Studying with a Chronic Illness

I was doing a Master's course at a different University when I first got sick. I had to wait so long for an effective treatment, that I eventually lost my place. Consequently, I am somewhat apprehensive about starting a new course

Travel

Reykjavik, Iceland

Looking to visit a small city with clean air and attractions within walking distance of each other? Then Reykjavik, Iceland is the place for you. Like all of the Scandinavian countries, Iceland is expensive, but the views and amazing street art makes it worth it.

Lifestyle, Newly Diagnosed

What is POTS?

POTS is a form of dysautonomia (a dysfunction of the nervous system) and is usually diagnosed using a tilt table test, but it can also be diagnosed with an active stand test. The average diagnosis time for POTS is 5-6 years, but can be diagnosed within 6 months of the first onset of symptoms.

Lifestyle

A Second Chance At Life With POTS

When I first got sick, I lost everything: my income, my degree course and my social life. I struggled to stand up for more than two minutes and I was unable to leave the house by myself. I could not think or speak coherently. I couldn’t even read a book. I slept most of my days away. It was 2015, I was 22 and I was told that I was a medical mystery.