We caught up with Aisha Seedat who graduated from university last year. Living with MPS IVA Morquio and its related health complications didn't stop Aisha from completing her journey and graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in Health studies.
I have a lot of faith and belief in myself which helped me to get into my dream university, studying what I wanted from the start.
What was your biggest concern before starting university?
Prior to starting university, I already had a lot of fears. During my A-levels I fell quite ill and spent a lot of the time in hospital so had little hope that I would be able to go to university. I always said to myself that I would never let my disability keep me down so why should I now? I have a lot of faith and belief in myself which helped me to get into my dream university, studying what I wanted from the start.
Did you have any unpredictable absences over the three years which affected your studies?
My health was reasonable until the end of my first year then I fell quite ill and was admitted to ICU, being told I may not make it as I had an abscess close to my trachea and any surgery could be fatal for me. It was quite daunting for me thinking that I had got through this far and I did not want to give up yet another dream on my bucket list. Though I was discharged it took me a while to recover. The university I was at were quite understanding and advised that I should extend some modules so I can hand in my assignments late or defer the whole year and restart when I felt better. I went with the decision to extend as I needed to focus on getting better. I also had hospital visits to Leicester, Manchester and Cambridge throughout my course but as I have been going up and down for most of my life it was quite manageable, and the next day I was always back in lectures.