Erin, I agree with flopsie. Your graduate studies will still be there in a few years. You are not doing your body any favours going at life as though there is nothing wrong with you. You have a POTENTIALLY DEBILITATING ILLNESS. I stress the word POTENTIALLY. This is not for sure, although the way you are taking life it is starting to look a little more sure. You are so young. Give yourself time to heal. The drugs can work but sometimes we need to slow down so that the drugs are not trying to work on the new damage we are doing but can work on the old damage and heal us. It takes time, patience and perseverence. I care for you and think that it is great what you trying to accomplish while suffering so, but try slowing down and giving yourself permission to take time for yourself for healing. No one expects you to accomplish alot right now except yourself. You never know what a year off might accomplish. Work as a RN for a year and then look at graduate work. You might find that the year will help your body to heal and you can do the graduate work without pain.
Not trying to freak on you, but you have got to slow down girl. You are amazing and have done amazing work. We are all proud of you and what you have accomplished. Now give yourself some credit and take time off.
Take care. Feel free to blast me if I have stepped over the line and hurt your feelings. I really do care about
you. Did not know a politically correct way of saying this.
Worry not for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.
Remember healing comes one step at a time, sometimes it seems that its one forward and 2 back but ultimately, always in a forward direction!!!