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?