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To Those Who Wonder Why I Bother Trying If I’m Really So Sick

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source: The Mighty

year: 2016

authors: Elyse Sutherland


As someone who is chronically ill with a multitude of illnesses, I get asked sometimes why I even bother trying. To give you some context, between doctors’ appointments, infusions, surgeries, and hospital stays, I’m a full-time speech-language pathologist (SLP) student and hold down a part-time job at a preschool. Classes just started up again and I was appalled when a professor asked me why I was even trying, if I really was so sick.

Usually, I get this question from other students or other peers. I expect some amount of ignorance, but professors usually do not ask me why.

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