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.
On the whole, dysautonomia is poorly understood by medical professionals with patients having to wait years for a diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Whether you're at school or University, studying with a chronic illness is hard and you may even think that it is impossible.
Yes, 'pararibulitis' is a fictional illness, but the way it is portrayed is very real and relatable to those with chronic illness.
When you live with a chronic illness, insensitive comments from people come with the territory. They may come from friends, family, co-workers, medical professionals or even strangers.
Starting University can be a daunting task for anyone; add a chronic illness to the mix and you may think that it's impossible. Whether you're starting University for the first time or you're returning after a long break (like me), here are a few things that you can do to make the start of the year a bit easier.
Like many people with a chronic illness, I recently watched the Netflix adaptation of Brain on Fire. It is based on the memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan and follows Susannah's journey to a diagnosis the rare illness, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.