That is brilliant advice - thank you! Now I know where to start looking. To be honest, I’m not exactly hopeful - I don’t think anyone will see her as eligible, as she “only” has fatigue - but I will give it a good shot and see what happens.
The maximum student loan that she can get is about £30 short each week of her rent - I’d had no idea. I sort of assumed that students plucked a sum out of the air and requested that amount as a loan! Ha ha - what an idiot! I am trying to think of it as a graduate tax rather than a student loan, so it won’t feel so painful to pay it back! I know in one sense it’s a good deal, and I see that the gov can’t afford to fund students the way they used to, specially with 50% of young pple being encouraged to go to uni - but it does sting a bit to think that my generation - and the generation of all the MPs! had grants. Ok, rant over! Thank you, Karen, for your help!
Thank you for remembering my daughter. The CBT was a non-starter - they kept giving her appointments during school hours, and when she finally managed to get time off for the intial assessment, she absolutely hated it. She says it was because she didn’t like the therapist (no eye contact, and he smelt of smoke were her “reasons”) but I think she found it all too difficult to have to talk about something she just wants to forget about. So it’s on hold for now. I think she’s dealing with it by burying herself in work.
She had such an early diagnosis, but we are hoping that she won’t actually have any other symptoms for years. So many people on this list seem to be diagnosed at a much older age, and then look back and see that they actually had lots of symptoms but didn’t put it all together. I hope she’s going to be the opposite! In fact I’m hoping that the cure will have arrived before she gets any other symptoms… fingers crossed!
I have to be honest and say that I am DREADING her going off to uni. I try to be all mature and say “Well, it’s what we raise our children for” but I find it agony to think of her leaving!! She is such a lovely girl to have around - I just love her company. I’m stocking up on tissues already!