How has Fibro changed me mentally?
At the most simplistic level I guess we could consider the Fibro Fog, if you want to read more about Fibro Fog I suggest you look at my post The Reality of Living with Fibro Fog
. I very much miss not having to cope with this symptom, my memory used to be very reliable and certainly above average in its ability. Except annoyingly when I had to sit exams that relied upon it. I think the best way to describe it was that I kept lots of generalised theories in there but only minute details of things that interested me. Like it or not when going through the school system not many pupils have a genuine interest in nine or more subjects. Probably one of the reasons I took to and enjoyed University Education far more than I did the one I received at school.
Although I am going off the Fibro topic, I hope you will forgive me as this is the perfect place for me to add this thought. When I was at school, I worked hard, but I didn’t excel. I know I didn’t reach my potential. I am well aware that teaching is very different now, even when I was classroom-based several years ago now, education methods had come on in leaps and bounds. However, the standard style of education doesn’t always fit the prefered learning style of all the pupils, and it is easy to feel that you are just not that bright. This belief was something I battled with, not out of any sense of vanity or wanting to compete with others I just felt I had more to give. For me, this culminated in setting a Mensa test which told me I (had) an IQ of 140. This new information propelled me to do what was required to return to education as an adult. I started with doing two foundation courses through the Open University in Arts and then technology before going on to complete a full-time degree course at Leeds University. I genuinely believe having had the time away from study and the experience of the workplace I was able to embrace the opportunities presented to me at University to a far more profound level than if I had gone straight from school. So I guess what I am saying to you is even if your school wasn’t a place you enjoyed learning never give up on the possibility of growing and achieving
. It may just be you haven’t had the opportunity to learn in the best way for your brain! If you are in the UK and this has got you thinking, check out the information for mature students from the Government