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Balancing work and study with CFS/M.E.

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When I began my Master’s degree in September 2014, I never imagined how much my life would change between then and now. I managed, more or less, to complete half of the programme’s taught credits in the first year, but then stumbled through two abortive attempts at beginning my second year, and am only just returning to study now.

In late September 2016 I was diagnosed with CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). After what seemed an endless barrage of blood tests and other various proddings/pokings, I was formally diagnosed and I began to learn about how to live with the condition.  Continue reading


Returning to Study: On time out, mental health and support systems


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Goodness, long time no type. In typical overloaded-student style, existing and new health problems overtook me during the summer of 2015, and ultimately I ended up interrupting my programme for an academic year.

While I’ve been out of the loop for rather a while, I suppose I’m in a good position to talk about the great support I’ve received from University of Exeter, both from the academic programme team, and from the central support services.  Continue reading