Looking back, in the year leading up to the start of my PhD, my health had already started to go downhill. I didn’t acknowledge it. It had happened a few years ago and with a few medications I was able to get back to normal. I got really stuck into my PhD; working hard day, night and weekends. Four months into my PhD I had to take a medical leave of absence (thanks to gastrointestinal dysmotility and POTS). When I returned I was even more determined to hit the ground running.
I started watching 'study with me' YouTube channels last year to get myself in the student mindset again after taking a break of almost 4 years due to my illness. Here are my 5 favourite study channels. 1. Caitlin's Corner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyBjBfI7U_w Caitlin's Corner is one of my favourite YouTube channels. Caitlin makes practical bullet journaling… Continue reading The 5 Best Study YouTube Channels
I was one of those typical, mostly-healthy kids who was a little (or a lot) more flexible than usual. I was also quite prone to infections and struggled with allergies and what was assumed to be anxiety a bit, but mostly, I had a normal childhood. In high school I got really into competitive swimming, I did well at it and I was strong in academics as well. I left on a high: fit and strong, with academic awards under my belt, and a scholarship to start a medical degree at New Zealand's top University.
I've just completed the second semester of my MSc and, let me tell you, it was a wild ride. My semester got off to a bumpy start with a random doctor (who I've never met before) phoning me out of the blue to say that my infusions had been cancelled. After a visit to A&E,… Continue reading Studying with POTS: A Brutal 2nd Term
Last year, I went back to University to get my Master's in Environmental Science. My typical week is different from most students' because I have to work around my fluctuating POTS symptoms. Sunday- Work Experience Working at my local nature reserve. I started working a local nature reserve a few months before my course started.… Continue reading A Week in the Life of a Student with POTS
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
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.