chronic illness

When Falling Over Gets You Down

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. – I am envious of small children. Not just because they don’t have to work or pay bills and …

Two Generations of Fibromyalgia

In 1992, 23 year old Sharon McDonagh-Delves gave birth to a baby girl – me. Three months later, following some investigation that started while she was pregnant, her blood test for rheumatoid factor came back positive and she began being treated for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a condition which explained …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

UEA’s New Medical Certificates Policy Creates More Hurdles for Students

At the beginning of August, the University of East Anglia announced that students who need a medical certificate to apply for extenuating circumstances or an extension for coursework will be charged £35 per certificate. This fee has been previously subsidised by the university, but they have decided that come September, …