I am a final year student on the Education Studies degree at the University of Bedfordshire. A year after I started my degree, I had to defer my studies for two years because I became very unwell. I was eventually diagnosed with a heart condition called Cardiomyopathy (I previously underwent open heart surgery aged 4) and a low blood pressure. I could not have asked for a better response from my lecturers who sent me lovely emails to send me their well wishes whilst I was away.

I was told that my health was very important and so it didn’t matter if things with my degree took slightly longer to complete.

year I decided to transfer courses to Education Studies, as I had originally started on the Primary Years Education degree, and my new lecturers were so patient and helpful if I would faint in their lectures. I was told that my health was very important and so it didn’t matter if things with my degree took slightly longer to complete. I have also become well acquainted with one particular member of the security team at university who would often bring his wheelchair over to find me telling me that he might as well put my name on the chair because apparently, I am one of the few people to have used it!

The accommodation team on campus has also been very helpful to me over my time at university. I find that people quickly get to know me quite well with my condition!

I also had a learning support worker at university who helped me with my study skills, and I was provided with equipment to help me record my lectures.

I think my experience at university has taught me that although things might not always go to plan, there are always people there to help. It has also helped my future career goals as I would like to become a qualified youth worker and I believe I can relate well with young people with disabilities, especially because I also have dyspraxia and a rare genetic disorder called 8p23 deletion syndrome. I also had a learning support worker at university who helped me with my study skills and I was provided with equipment to help me record my lectures.

I have recently applied for a master’s degree in Youth and Community work because after having to defer my studies a couple of years ago I have now gained lots of confidence to succeed.

Thank you,

Phoebe