I’ve never met a disabled doctor before, but being at Edge Hill has helped me to think that, not only can I do it, but I deserve to be there.
After spending quite a bit of time in hospital in 2014, as you might imagine, I came to really appreciate the NHS. So when I started thinking about university, it kind of made sense for me to gravitate towards Medicine. It was almost subconscious; I didn’t really question it.
I was the first in my family to go to university so I didn’t know what to expect at all. I came through Clearing so Edge Hill wasn’t even on my radar originally, but since I’ve been here, it has met and exceeded all my expectations.
I wasn’t sure if having a disability would affect my university experience, but the Inclusion Team at Edge Hill have been really supportive and made everything much easier for me. I was struggling in a normal room in Halls, and as soon as I mentioned it, I was quickly moved to an accessible room with more space so I don’t bump into the furniture, and adaptations like a tabletop cooker so I don’t have to bend down. They also sorted out extra time and access to a laptop in exams, which has really helped.
I was quite worried about doing a placement at first, as I can’t stand for long periods, but my tutors listened to my concerns, found me a great placement in a GP surgery and supported me all the way through. People at Edge Hill are always keen to find ways of making university life accessible for everyone – if something needs adapting to make it better for you, they’ll try to do it.
My first lecture as a health student was really moving and poignant. A man came in to talk about his experience of watching a loved one suffer with dementia and the support he got from the nurses. It really resonated with me and reaffirmed my choice to become a doctor. If I could make a difference to just one person like that, it would be an honour.