Weʼve raised £275 to Disabled Student - fund for university
- Funded on Saturday, 15th December 2018
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Hey guys, so I don't like the idea of doing this, I suppose I've never been too good for asking for help. So why am I? I am a disabled university student. I study graphic design. And I love it. It saved me from everything. I joined my first year and it was amazing I was averaging at 1st level. I had secured an completed a successful internship at a top finance company in their marketing department. I started building up on instagram getting support from influential people that I have always admired.
Second year came in September 2017. I was excited to go back. But then I fell unwell. I started passing out for no reason. I could just be sitting on the sofa and I'd pass out. Be walking, cooking, with friends, studying. This quickly developed into effecting my heart. I started getting episodes of severe tachycardia with the passing out. My heart would race at anything from 150bpm to 200bpm. My blood pressure would drop, with its lowest being 30/15. And my body would crash. With these sorts of obs, I probably should of come out worse than I did. This resorted in starting going to emergency department at the hospitals. But they couldn't work out what it was.
Unfortunately this progressed and I would start crashing down. The pain was like no other. My symptoms presented as a heart attack would. This meant a lot of emergency trips to hospital by ambulance on blues. I would be stabilised in hospital and then I would go home. But then 4th December came. I woke up as normal went to go downstairs. I don't remember what happened after that. But I had woken up at the bottom of the stairs. Excruciating pain. I was barely with it. I managed to get hold of my next door neighbour who came and called an ambulance. I was in and out of consciousness. I couldn't feel my legs. The pain in my neck and lower back was like nothing before. It took 2 ambulances, 1 first response and the emergency HART team to get me moved and stabilised in the back of the ambulance. They decided that this was a priority call to St Georges Hospital. Where I ended up in resus. I don't really remember this part, if I was conscious I was heavily sedated. I was lucky in terms that I had no breaks but did have a lot of muscular damage.
I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Previous to this I'd been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome which is related to EDS. After my stay in St Georges I experienced the same issues until around February. When I managed to get it under control. But my body was very weak. EDS is a connective tissue disorder, and unfortunately this meant that just the muscular damage in my neck and back would take a much significant time to heal. And I was exhausted. My body was physically worn out. My doctor made the decision that I needed to take a break from university and retake in September 2018.
This decision I took. Unfortunately where I am studying is not taking on second years due to government funding. But I am proud to say I got into the University of Arts London. But this means I have to move there. I got into halls. But unfortunately I was billed 1600 by Student Finance by leaving early, which I am trying to get back and pay a monthly fee to get this cleared. But even after this I only recieve a £6500 maintenance. But my halls alone are £9,900. So I have set up this page to help me raise towards my halls costs. If I do not raise the money I will have to withdraw from university completely, as I am not able to commute due to health reasons. Any extra money will go towards fundamental equipments after that I will give to a local charity.
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Aug 22, 2018
Sorry it's late but I hope it helps! I hope you reach your target! xo
Aug 20, 2018
Best wishes x
Aug 19, 2018
Aug 19, 2018
Never give up on your dreams!
Aug 18, 2018
<3 <3 I believe you can do this Abi!
Aug 18, 2018
Best of luck x
Aug 17, 2018
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