I developed viral meningitis and encephalitis in the first week on my fourth and final year at university in October 2014. I was hospitalised for a month and had to take the year off university. I won't lie and say that year was easy. I suffered with terrible anxiety, headaches, nausea and depression. But I worked through all of these problems and with the help of my family, my GP and a couple of private therapists I recovered sufficiently to go back to university. I was terrified at the prospect of going back. I had rapidly gone from being independent to being fully dependant on the care of my family.
This year has been so much more manageable than anyone anticipated. Although I still get headaches the pain is now much more manageable. I have just taken my final exam for my degree. The elation I am feeling that I have completed something that I only hoped could be possible is beyond anything I have experienced before. The achievement is so much sweeter knowing how hard I have worked to get here.
I hope anyone who reads this who is struggling at the moment can use this as a tiny ray of hope that it can be done. I did it and it feels good!