Yesterday I visited a young lady (18) who was diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia in June, just days after she completed her A-Levels. She had been ill for over a year and had really struggled with her studies leading up to the exams. She’s still coming to terms with the diagnosis but is in good heart and looking forward to starting her University course in the next two weeks.

The problem is, of course, that although she had completed her loading doses she still feels extremely tired which is why I was visiting her – she doesn’t do mornings and I don’t do afternoons so I travelled to meet her and her mother late morning.
She is, obviously, slightly anxious about her continued tiredness and her continuing studies (one of the GPs at her surgery told her she was depressed and anxious about nothing – imagining the symptoms) and I was able to show her the leaflet in the society’s online library that she can print out and give to her personal tutor so that he or she is aware of how the disease impacts on patients. Not only this but I offered to accompany her to any meeting with her tutors and provided her with my mobile telephone number so that any of her tutors could contact me for further information.

It’s a timely reminder then to make our student members aware of how we can help them to continue their education but please, please make your tutor(s) aware of your condition by printing out the leaflet for teachers and lecturers before your studies start. It’s much more difficult to sort out any problems once they have been encountered so being pre-emptive can often mean that any problem that could arise in the future can be avoided.
To access this help simply telephone the office – if there’s nobody there leave a message and somebody will get back to you as soon as possible.

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