4 Things I Wish Teachers Knew About Their Chronically Ill Students



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Going through school with an illness is challenging, and getting your teachers to understand your situation without drawing unwanted attention can seem impossible. Some simple tips from others can really make a difference to how you approach your situation. Here are a few things I wanted my teachers to understand:

1. I might not seem as attentive in class as everyone else.

Sometimes just sitting in class is an accomplishment so if I look like I’m “zoning out,” it’s not because your class is boring or I can’t be bothered, it’s because I am simply trying to gain control.

2. My test scores aren’t a true reflection of my potential or your teaching.

Chronic illness can really affect your short-term memory and often has brain fog as the partner in crime. It might seem that I…