New Chapter

Last month I began a new journey… Moving to another country, making new friends and having to fend for myself. There were so many tears and so many doubts – at one point I was seriously considering going back home with my parents. But I told myself to be strong and carried on…

Now I can honestly say that was the best thing I ever did, I have gained so much in just a month:

  • I have learnt how to cook – Although I take a long time to cook (as I find certain things hard to do) I still mange to make some nice meals which I never imagined making.
  • I’m becoming much more confident – I now have more self-confidence and do not let what others think get in my way. I have also become more open and started to break away from my shyness by speaking to different people, professionals and asking questions.


Life is becoming much harder. I used to have days where I had no pain at all. But now I am in constant pain everyday; it’s even got to the point where walking requires much more effort. I am tiring much more easily. My whole body just feels so tight and stiff all the time.

Everything just requires more time, energy and effort … but at the end of the day one way or another it all gets done.


Sleep is now my best friend… as it takes away all the pain and relaxes all the tension in my muscles.



University worries

Please help me! I’m in need of advice regarding my disability and university.

I have now made up my mind and come to the conclusion that I want to go to uni to study french and business. However, there is one important issue… my disability. Due to my cerebral palsy, I struggle with my writing – it’s quite slow because of my lack of fine motor skills. This means that I will need a support assistant to take notes for me as it would be impossible for me to take down the notes as the lecturer speaks. Additionally I will also need extra time in exams. I will also have to disclose my slight speech impediment and the fact that I was exempted from the oral examination. So I would really appreciate it if anyone who has been to uni or are going, and have a similar disability, could answer these questions for me:

  • Did you mention your disability in your personal statement?
  • Did you call/e-mail the universities before applying?
  • Did you actually visit the universities beforehand?
  • Did your school take care of it?

Thank you in advance, I am really worried! I really want to go to to university and want to prepare and disclose these issues to the university as soon as possible so that they accept me but I don’t know how to 😦 Therefore if you have any advice I could really use it right now.