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, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.