school problems and Crohn's?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

piper19
New Member


Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/5/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I am a new member here, even though I was diagnosed last May with Crohn's. I had suffered for a couple years without a diagnosis, then was happy to know what was wrong. However, I did not think it would get to this point: I am currently pursuing my degree in Special Education. My college requires two full years of student teaching in four different classrooms. I was planning on graduating this May. However, because of a cold that I got at the end of March, which caused an infection, I have missed more days than the college allows. I have missed 9 days. It started with a cold at the end of March, then a flare up, then a migraine. I had no idea it would get to that point!
Anyway, because I have missed 9 days, they are making me repeat my student teaching in the fall. I am so mad! I have already invested all this time. I am 5 weeks aways from finishing and just because of my Crohn's, they are postponing my graduation. I was taking Remicade from Aug.-Dec. 09., but because of a loss of insurance in January, I could no longer afford the infusions. I have finally set up home infusions with Remicade, which seems to be working, but it is just too late. I am so distraught about the situation. I think that it is very unfair that they can do this to me just because I was sick. It is completely out of my control and I am always taking steps in trying to stay healthy. I had a meeting with the Disability Support Services at my college this morning, but they were not much help. They said they could recommend allowing some absences, but it is up to my advisors and professors how they accommodate. I feel like I need to take legal action, but don't know where to turn. I am so upset about it. I feel like it is one set back after another with me. I am trying to stay positive about the situation, but it is difficult sometimes! Any advice?

Thanks.

ZenaWP
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 884
   Posted 5/5/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I know to do is for you and the Disability Support Services to discuss the situation with your professors and advisors and see how accomodating they are willing to be.  I don't know of any laws that protect students like they do employees.  My last semester in college, I was in the middle of a big flare and on FMLA from work.  I talked to my professors about it very early on and they were both cool with me missing some classes or leaving classes early.  You would be amazed at how human and understanding some of them are when you sit down and discuss the problem with them.  If, after discussing it with them, they are not at all accomodating, you could try to file a complaint or grievance with the college regarding that professor, but who knows if that will do any good...especially if it is a tenured professor.  I would push the Disability Support Services to do all that they can...that is what they are there for. 
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Celey
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1284
   Posted 5/5/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand how you feel, Piper... It can be very frustrating going to college and having this stupid disease... I've had to withdraw from classes so many times... :(... My DSS office is very nice... I wish I could give you some advice other than what Zena said... but... that sounds about the extent of what you can do...

(There really oughtta be better accomodations for students with our kind of disability)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


cleo35
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 430
   Posted 5/5/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
As someone who works at a university let me argue the other side. Piper your degree requires X number of hours in a classroom. Unfortunately, you were unable to meet that requirement. Other students were able to meet that requirement. To let you graduate w/o your having met the same requirements of every other student in the program dilutes the whole major. Nobody is going to cut you any slack because you have a chronic illness - and that includes the school system that hires you when you graduate. You're not disabled; you have a chronic illness.

vixen
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 794
   Posted 5/5/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Cleo35,
Appreciate your reasoning regarding a person needing to meet the same requirements as other students but with regards Crohn's not making you disabled I think I disagree with you there. For some it is a disabling chronic illness, not everyone granted, but for a lot of people yes and any school/university etc should have provisions in place to 'enable' any such affected person to study and graduate-not cutting any slack but finding acceptable ways to help!!

Celey
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1284
   Posted 5/5/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Cleo... Crohn's disease is a physical disability... For most cases, it's not considered disabling enough to warrant Social Security... but people with Crohn's disease do qualify for other disability services, such as Vocational Rehabilitation... (Or being able to register with the Disability Support Services)...

I think some slack should be given.... but... on the other hand...

Crohn's is one of the reasons why I decided not to major in education... You can't afford to be absent at the school you teach at... That's not fair to the students...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


piper19
New Member


Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/6/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your inputs.

I completely understand that I need a certain amount of hours in the classroom teaching. However, I think they should have counted hours that I have done outside of student teaching. For example, I spent 16 days as lead teacher at a center for students with cognitive impairments last summer and am planning on doing the same this coming summer.

I don't expect them to just let me get my degree without the required time, however, they maybe could have worked with me a little more and possibly accepted other teaching hours. I am just really mad that I have come this far and all of a sudden my life is on hold for another year.

I feel that Crohn's disease is disabling. It has completely debilitated me and what I want to do with my life. Now that I am back on Remicade, I am hoping that things will turn around again. It is just a little too late.

If I would have known 3 years ago that I had Crohn's disease, I would not have gone into education. Now, I feel I am stuck.

Celey
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1284
   Posted 5/6/2010 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
:(... I'm sorry, Piper... That does really suck... *And I agree... it does seem like Crohn's puts your life on hold a lot...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


cleo35
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 430
   Posted 5/7/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
piper: repeat the semester, hope the remicade works and get on with your life. I've been dealing with this disease for 35 years - 4 surgeries, the last of which was a total proctocolectomy - does anyone really think I don't know how debilitating this disease can be??

Celey
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1284
   Posted 5/7/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, Cleo... Although, since it has been a while... Maybe you've forgotten how hard it is to be a youth with this disease?

I mean, I understand where you're coming from... We do have to be careful not to use our disease as an excuse to be lazy or whatever... but... at the same time... Well...

It really wasn't that long ago that I was diagnosed... (I'm 21 now... I was diagnosed at 18)... And this must be especially hard for Piper.... Piper was only diagnosed last May...

It's hard adjusting....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


cleo35
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 430
   Posted 5/7/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
apologies to all for the multiple posts!

joy47
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 5/10/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey piper, Sorry for all your trouble. I agree with talking to the teachers and all. As for crhons not being a disa bility well it can be. Ive had crhons for 30 some odd years and im on disability. your young just do the best you can mabe its a chance to do something elese. You never know. Good luck to you and all you do.

Dagger
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1522
   Posted 5/10/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Working in special education can be an advantage for you. You will probably have teacher assistants in your classroom and you may be extra lucky and have a bathroom in the classroom.

The downside is that you'll be exposed to everything that is in the neighborhood. Kids like to share. Plus, the parents of kids with special needs can't always afford to take time off from work so some send their kids to school even when they are sick. They dose them with whatever will suppress their symptoms then mid-morning it wears off and you have a really sick kid that you've just spent the morning next to. Actually, way too many parents are in this situation so it happens a lot in general ed too. I am not judging parents, I was tempted to do this myself when my kids were little.

Is school still in session where you are and can you make up those 9 days now? Two years of student teaching is a lot. My daughter just had to do about 4 months. She's graduating this month with a degree in special ed.

Good luck!
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, December 03, 2016 11:08 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,419 posts in 301,022 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151181 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, carol9.
230 Guest(s), 5 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Brianscoob, Mews2much, ggfgfgfdgfgdd98, gdftggfdgfdgf21, multifacetedme


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer