Guide to studying with ankylosing spondylitis

Life with an Invisible Illness

Two university students talk about the struggles of living with an invisible illness – axial spondyloarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease – sharing their personal experience and advice.

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Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Journey to accepting myself again.

When I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis five years ago, I was far from accepting it. All I wanted was to be ‘normal’. At first, I kept the diagnosis to myself as I struggled to come to terms with it, let alone admitting it out loud. I felt that people around me already don’t understand my pain and limitations. I believed they were unlikely to understand the diagnosis as well.

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My experience with work placements and spondyloarthritis

During my degree I’ve had completed a number of work placements for my physiotherapy course in a variety of settings, all while living with spondyloarthritis. While some of these were quite light work, others took a lot of effort and communication with my educators proved to be crucial.

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My experience with studying and spondyloarthritis

Studying with spondyloarthritis can prove to be challenging in so many ways, however there are some tricks that can make it a little bit easier. I’ve spent my entire time at Uni balancing a social life, uni work and my arthritis – or maybe “juggling” would be a better term for it. 

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