Posted 9/7/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)
Hi there rara, welcome to the forums! Sorry I'm late, not been 100% myself, so been hiding out a bit.
I am 23 with CF. I am currently studying in college, and am finding it quite easy, though I am only doing 12 hours a week at most.
I find myself getting tired quickly, but I have very understanding tutors who are making things as easy as possible.
Another thing I'm finding good, is taking advantage of the colleges councelling service. They're helping make sure I'm on the right track, and giving me someone I feel really comfortable with, so can voice any problems as soon as they crop up.
I guess the main thing is, making you know someone enough to help if you're finding things hard with your health. They will always make allowances too make sure you stay as healthy as possible and not stressed out.
When I was 16, I went to college, to do a childcare course. I never had anyone to support me, I never even had a social worker at the time. I found it really tough, and the tutors had no understanding. I never knew what I knew then, that your CF team doctors can right a letter explaining things if you need them too and that allowances can be made if you have to have time off college sick, or can't keep up with the work load. I never knew back then that anyone could help, so I gave up and packed in after a few months.
I think that's definately a think to keep in mind for going to college, people can help you if you ask.
I hope you do well at college and that your healths holds up so you can enjoy your course and get the qualifications you want without too much stress.
Hope you're well now!