The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate is hard for anyone and when you're juggling a chronic illness as well it can feel as if you're drowning.
The holidays can be difficult to navigate when you have a chronic illness. Food, family and traveling can easily throw you into a flare-up.
Like many people with a chronic illness, I had to wait many years to start treatment. I naively thought that medication would solve all my problems as that is what my doctors led me to believe. The medication that I took initially did not solve all my problems as they were designed to treat my symptoms and not the underlying cause of my 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
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.
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.
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.