Some of you may know that I am a student at university, and I was diagnosed with Lupus in my first year. First year is difficult anyway, I was leaving home for the first time to a place where I don’t know anybody, I’m away from everybody and everything that I know and I’m out in the world to survive on my own. Terrifying. Add that to an undiagnosed illness of rashes, severe pain and swelling and you have my university life.
I’m 20 years old now, I’ve been at university for two years. Heck, I have even travelled America from January to May and studied in an American college as part of an exchange visit. I survived that with a debilitating disease, and I promise, you can too. What helped me get by was being myself, being honest with what I felt like and taking each day as it comes. But, I’ll talk about that in a post some other time! Right now I just want to introduce you to my life a little bit and exactly what this section of my blog is about.
So with that, what is this section of my blog about? I want students to know that they are not alone. It is tough being a student regardless of health, financial challenges, housing, friends and studying are all very stressful. I want students like myself to hear about student life from the perspective of somebody who is actually chronically ill, not from some doctor or “professional” who maybe feel they know what it is like, but they don’t because they are not living it.
Here you’ll find information about applying for Disability allowances, student finance, student hacks to get through life, what you can ask your university to help you with and other student orientated things.
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